Landing a job interview can be a great first step towards achieving professional success…. but you must impress those who are doing the hiring. The most important thing to remember is that your interview starts from the moment you walk in the door. Once you have checked in and are sitting in the lobby waiting for your interview, it is especially important to behave with the utmost professionalism.
Your time spent in the lobby awaiting the interviewer is a test of endurance, as you are nervously awaiting the chance to show off your skills. During this waiting period, make certain you do not do anything to hurt your candidacy. In fact, behaving with professionalism at this time could be just as vital to getting the job as the answers that you give when you’re actually in the heart of the interview.
So, what can you do while waiting in the lobby to avoid undermining your efforts at getting hired. You should:
• Be patient and composed.
Avoid look at your watch impatiently and keep in mind that now is not the time to start texting, playing video games, or calling a friend to chat. It’s also not a good idea to let yourself get angry or annoyed if the receptionist tells you that the interviewer is running late. You must show you can handle frustrations and minor setbacks, such as an unexpected delay, and you need to demonstrate that you understand how to behave in a business setting.
• Be polite.
Demonstrate that you have good manners in every interaction. If someone opens a door for you, say thank you. Be courteous to the receptionist when checking in. If someone sits down in the waiting room next to you, say good morning. A big part of doing a good job is fitting in with the company culture and being a good team player. Those doing the hiring will observe how you interact with others so they can get a glimpse into you emotional intelligence and see what you’d be like to work with day-to-day.
• Rehearse in your head.
Since you aren’t going to be looking at your gadgets, you need something to do to fill the time… so why not go over some of your pre-prepared answers to your interview questions. Think about the important skills you want to convey, and rehearse a few anecdotes that demonstrate your professional aptitude. You should already have a lot of this prepared before you go into the interview, but there is nothing wrong with rehearsing it so it is fresh in your mind.
• Visualize success.
As you sit and wait, you may start to get nervous… but you do not want to come across that way during the interview. Instead of contemplating all that could go wrong, take the time while waiting in the lobby to visualize a successful interview. It may seem silly, but imaging yourself doing a great job answering questions and picturing what it will like to be hired can get you primed to exhibit the type of confidence that is sure to impress the person doing the hiring.
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