How to Slam Dunk an Interview: Your First Impression

Special to CareerPath® by Dewey Sadka

This article is first in a five-part series

All employers use certain practices to select their no. 1 candidate. Why not slam dunk your interview by learning how to win approval and be selected? You can practice on your own or create a role-play scenario: interviewer vs. jobseeker. It may sound a bit goofy–the idea of talking to a mirror or embarrassing yourself in front of a friend or relative–but it’s worth your time. Follow these five steps; it may very well mean hearing a “yes” instead of a “no!”

Step 1: Walking into the room — Your first impression

Before you walk into the interview, discard all the reasons why it won’t work. Think only why it will work:

– Practice walking. Press your feet/toes firmly into the ground. This builds self-confidence. It even works with high heels! The noise from your shoes is diminished and it looks professional.

– Think positive thoughts about yourself.

– Look into the interviewers’ eyes and shake his or her hand firmly.

How to critique yourself/others: Is the look self-confident? Are there any feelings of inadequacy? If so, your “defensive chip” will weaken your image. Stay positive!

Author Dewey Sadka has been an employer in the US for over 25 years. He sold one of the nation’s largest staffing companies, Temp Force to the global staffing and HR company Randstad Holdings. Currently, Sadka creates career path clarity as career coach for AARP and inventor of the Color Career Indicator 4.1 now the world’s most reliable. Check out his advanced technological assessment and counseling support program at