If you’re like many people, you might think a job interview starts when you’re escorted into a conference room to meet with the hiring manager. While this is the beginning of the formal interview, you’re actually in the hot seat from the moment you walk through the front door.
Not to make you even more nervous, but as soon as you step foot onto the company’s turf, you need to be cognizant of every action. Here are a few tips to help you get it right.
How to Make a Great Impression When You Enter the Building
Be Polite to Everyone
You shouldn’t need a reminder to treat everyone you encounter with respect, but interview nerves can put even the friendliest people on edge. It might not seem like a big deal to you, but getting snippy with a security guard or treating the administrative assistant in a condescending manner can — rightfully — ruin your chances of getting the job. People talk, and if word gets back to the hiring manager, they will not be impressed by your bad behavior — even if you completely charmed them.
Mimic the Office Vibe
Prove you’re a fit for the company culture from the beginning by carefully observing the team. If it’s so quiet you could hear a pin drop, keep to yourself, instead of trying to engage others in conversation. The last thing you want is to get noticed because you’re disrupting the team. On the other hand, if the atmosphere is bustling and friendly, take this as your cue that it’s okay — or even encouraged — to chat up other people in the reception area.
Behave Like All Eyes Are on You
You wouldn’t completely let your guard down in a job interview, so put these barriers up when you walk into the building, and keep them in place until you’re out the door. Maybe no one is paying attention to you or perhaps everyone is observing your every move — you might never know. Play it safe by presenting yourself as a consummate professional at all times.
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