How to Make a Good First Impression
Advance planning and preparedness are well-known cornerstones of the security profession. The same skills should be applied to how you advance your career. Knowing how to make a good first impression is key. It should be at the top of every security professional’s readiness checklist.
There will be many occasions across your career that require you to be effective at this. It might be a call from a recruiter that catches you off-guard, or a formal interview processes for a new job. Networking and impromptu meetings at business events often catch unprepared job seekers off guard.
You are the product in each of these circumstances. You have control over whether you set the interest level for future interactions. You need to be prepared to quickly engage.
The first question in many interviews is usually a very general one. They often want you to briefly tell them about yourself in a succinct and clear way. These initial inquiries are designed to be vague. Their goal is to weed out those who are not clear about their future.
Common questions hiring teams use to evaluate your advancement potential include the ubiquitous “tell me about yourself.” They will likely ask what you do in your current position and why you are looking to make a move.
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