The new Bachelor’s series on ABC premiered this evening! Sean Lowe is our “newest” recycled bachelor. The first episode is ritually dedicated to the uncomfortable, odd and showy meet and greet session. There are some great takeaways for job seekers and candidates about making first impressions in this episode. First impressions are so important when meeting new people and especially when interviewing for a job. Here’s what we can learn from the GOOD, the BAD and the CREEPY Bachelor contestants.
Starting with the creepy candidates, oops I mean contestants. One of them wore a wedding gown, she hummed wedding music and then requested a kiss, “kiss the bride”. Creepy contestants take extreme to a new level, to a level of pure uncomfortable creepiness. Unfortunately for them, they come across as needy, unraveled, and even pathetic. Job candidates cannot afford to take this uncomfortable risk in this job market. By all means if you’re genuinely a creepy person, than creep on, but for the rest of us its best to avoid being identified as the creepy candidate because chances are you will miss out on a great opportunity. Here’s the thing recruiters find in creepy candidates a pattern of potentially concerning behavior. As the episode continued all the contestants that presented creepiness in the first impression continued to exude more concerning and creepy behavior as the evening progressed. So in a nutshell, creepiness is often times foreshadowing and is not a trait employers are interested in pursuing.
Bad candidates, surprisingly not as terrible as the creepy, but not as good as the good! Bad candidates will come across as inexperienced, lacking knowledge, unprepared and just overall bad! Another contestant attempted several fancy gymnastics moves from the limo to Sean’s feet however, she ended up falling on her butt after the 3rd move. She made a fool of her self. She was so embarrassed that she continued to apologize and talk about what just happened. She completely missed the opportunity to introduce herself and make a genuine connection. Employers are seeking candidates that have their act together, understand their business needs and more often than not present themselves in a professional way. Employers want someone they can trust and rely on!
Finally the GOOD! Being a good candidate is the goal. The job market is bustling with qualified and competitive candidates and is not the time to fool around with uncertain trickery. Making a solid first impression is crucial to your success. There were several good contestants tonight and here is what they had in common; confidence, security, genuineness and enthusiasm.
- Be confident and secure in your knowledge, skills and abilities.
- Be prepared; review your employment history, know the employer and practice for your greeting and interview.
- Be genuine in making a sincere connection with the interviewer.
- Your enthusiasm will come naturally when you present your true self.
- AND MOST IMPORTANTLY don’t be the creepy! BUT if you must be the creepy than make it good so all the recruiters can have a great laugh:)