1. Make sure your interview attire is clean and pressed.
Your interview suit should be dry cleaned and waiting for use, but just in case this is not the case, take it for a cleaning immediately. Any minor fixes can usually be done at the Dry Cleaners. When you get your garment home, make sure all frays are cut away and the garment is still in good condition.
2. Be on time.
The metro Atlanta area can have pop up traffic issues in the middle of the day. Strategize on how you are going to get from where you are to where you need to be at 10am. If you arrive at 9:59am, I am sorry, but you are late. You should arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before your interview.
3. Who are you here to see?
Remembering the name of the individual you are to interview with is crucial. Knowing the first name only is sometimes not enough. Especially if you have more than one person at the company with the same first name and they are hiring managers. Know the full name of the person you are interviewing with.
4. Respect the Front Desk.
Many people make the mistake of not greeting the front desk/receptionist properly. Enter the area with a smile and wait to be acknowledged. With the advances in technology, there are times you cannot tell if someone is on the phone or not. Be mindful and don’t assume he or she is free to engage with you. Thorough hiring managers always ask the front desk/receptionist how the candidate entered the office space.
5. Smart phones and devices need to be stowed away.
When you have completed their paperwork and are waiting to be interviewed, please do not pass the time by playing on your smart phone or smart device. When you are called to interview you should look alert and confident, but not distracted.
6. Bring extra resumes.
Have a few extra resumes in your portfolio. You never know when you will be asked to provide a copy. Some resumes do not maintain their format when printed.
7. Firm handshake and direct eye contact.
A strong handshake with direct eye contact works every time. Grip the hand, but don’t try and break the hand. A loose handshake is offensive and is horrible first impression. A weak handshake denotes a lack of confidence.
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