If you aren’t careful, you could be sabotaging your chances of landing a job before your interview even begins. A job interview begins the minute you step foot into the building and doesn’t end until you’ve left. Every person you interact with, from the doorman and receptionist to another person in the waiting room, could be evaluating you. The way you interact with them can make or break your chances of landing the job.
Why? The way you treat people is incredibly telling of your character. Everyone is on their best behavior during the interview itself, but true colors show through when people don’t think they’re being watched. The way you interact with people who aren’t in positions of power is a good indicator of how you’ll interact with colleagues, especially those in a position below you.
More and more companies are looking at candidates’ behavior as part of the criteria for hiring. It’s hard to judge behavior from just an interview, so hiring managers enlist other people throughout the office to help them. They’ll most often ask the receptionist for their opinions and overall impression of a candidate. The receptionist sees everything, not just your interactions directly with them.
What can you do to ensure you make a good impression?
Be polite to everyone.
Imagine that every single person you come across could play a part in helping you land the job, so be polite to everyone. A ‘thank you’ to someone for holding a door or a ‘good morning’ when you walk up to the receptionist can go a long way. Any behavior or action that could come across as rude goes an even longer way, but not in your favor. There’s no reason to act dismissive towards anyone, so just don’t do it.
Acknowledge the other people in the room.
If you’re sitting with other people while waiting for your interview, say hello to them. You don’t have to strike up a conversation, just a polite greeting will suffice. Most of the time they will all be candidates, but sometimes the hiring manager will have an employee sit there to see how the candidates interact with them. If you’re on your phone and keep completely to yourself, this can come across as rude or ignorant.
Put down your phone and take your headphones off.
Before you step foot into the building, put your phone in your bag and take your headphones off. Nothing is more disrespectful than speaking to someone with headphones on or while looking at your phone. Also ensure that your phone is on silent, and don’t check your notifications while you’re speaking to someone.
Treat everyone you meet with respect, as respect should be given to everyone regardless of their position or title. There are a few ways that you can show respect, from words to actions. Make eye contact when you’re speaking and thank people for their help. Respect people around you by not talking on your phone or having a loud conversation. Most importantly, be sincere. No matter how good of an actor you are, insincerity shows through.
Remember, you’re being judged from the minute you walk in the door to the time you walk out, so be on your very best behavior at all times. You never know who’s watching.
Thanks to the Courtesy of :