Why your interview starts in the car park, not the meeting room
If you think your interview doesn’t begin until you have settled into the meeting room then you could be failing interviews before they have even started. One of my top interview tips is to remember that the results of your interview don’t just depend on what happens during the meeting, it covers everything that you do from the moment you get out of your car, until the moment you get back into it (plus any other contact you might have with HR or the hiring manager). Everyone who has had contact with you will be asked their opinion, particularly during the less formal scenarios where you may have let your guard down.
- Make sure you are polite to, and smile at, the receptionist and anyone else you have contact with
- Don’t forget that the small talk on the way to a meeting room is still part of the interview
- The same applies if you are being shown around the office once the interview has finished, even if it is by a junior member of the team
- When arranging or following up on your interview make sure that you remain professional and always proof read any emails you send
Victoria Watkins is Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as a Recruitment Consultant for 5 years she moved to Office Management for an IT consultancy 7 years ago. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+
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