Here are some simple tips for making a great first impression:
- Turn your cell phone off before you even walk into the building!
- Carry a portfolio with a pad, pen - this is far less cumbersome than a briefcase.
- Be sure to have several extra copies of your resume with you.
- Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early: that is what “on time” means.
- Visit the restroom. Catch your breath, check yourself in the mirror, and put your best face on!
- Greet the receptionist warmly. Treat everyone you meet politely: the building security guard; receptionist; employees you pass in the hall; other individuals who may also be in the waiting room. The minute you set foot in the employer's space (building, campus, etc), you are "on".
- Spend your waiting time getting focused and taking in your surroundings.
- Greet your interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake; make eye contact.
- Maintain an alert but relaxed posture during the interview.
- Take your cue from the interviewer as to when the meeting is over.
- Shake hands firmly, smile, thank your interviewer for this opportunity to meet, and reaffirm your enthusiasm for the position. Ask for a business card.
- Make sure you have contact information for everyone you’ve spoken with and send “thank you” e-mails the same day