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Interview with Impact: First Impressions Count

About the program

Research shows that it takes seconds to form a first impression, and that impression is lasting. Subconscious and conscious perceptions about a person are created based on their non-verbal behaviour – body language and vocal power (the way a person delivers a message and the words used). Many researchers have concluded the same results – the initial perception created in those first few seconds determines evaluation – the success, or failure, of a person's interview.    

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about what happens to their body and brain as they feel interview stress. They will have the opportunity to learn and practice simple techniques to quell the physiological effects of stress that affects their performance and:

  • how to use their body and voice to increase inner feelings of confidence
  • what signals non-verbal communication cues convey to others
  • which cues are vital to the success of the interview
  • how to create a great first impression.                

Learning intention

By the end of this workshop, it is intended participants will:

  • have an understanding of their emotional response to stress
  • have the knowledge and techniques to combat stress before and during an interview, empowering them to take back control and to be able to perform at their best
  • have a greater understanding of non-verbal communication cues
  • be able to present their best self, conveying trust, connection, competence and confidence.

Target audience

Emerging and middle leaders, aspiring principals and principals.

About the facilitator

Sophie Zadeh is a specialist in non-verbal communication. Driven by a passion to help people achieve their goals and with more than 20 years of experience in training and presenting, Sophie is effective when working one-to-one, in small groups or presenting to large audiences at conventions.

Her diverse experience, combined with an inherent creative flair, enables her to engage her audience and deliver effective, insightful training and presentations.

Previous participant testimonial

“Sophie is a charismatic presenter. The two hours flew because it was so interesting and eye opening. I have become very aware of my blocking behaviours. Hopefully in my next interview I will be able to successfully use what Sophie has shown me. Thank you.”

Gelsa Dagostino, Teacher, Willandra Primary School

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Vision and values
  • Personal qualities, social and interpersonal skills
  • Developing self and others.

    Two-hour workshop


    18 July 2019
    10 October 2019


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Dates and times

Day Date Times
Thursday 18 July 2019 8.30am to 10.30am
Thursday  10 October 2019 8.30am to 10.30am

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Leadership Institute
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville

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On the day

  • Workshop starts at 8.30am. (Institute doors open at 8.00am)
  • Tea and coffee are available.


The Leadership Institute is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville. We co-locate with the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).


Please note, the Institute does not have on-site parking:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to register

  • Register for Interview with Impact: First Impressions Count on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

Please contact the Leadership Institute on 1300 610 801 or email


Interview with Impact: First Impressions Count

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