Shut off your phone off before you arrive. The decision not to hire is often made within the first five to fifteen minutes so don’t do anything to undermine your professional aura. Also key: a firm handshake, good eye contact, and no self-pacifying gestures like fluffing your hair.
Even if there were moments in your past when you felt clueless, frame things positively. Such as, “I know my grade point average wasn’t strong, but I was really passionate about the work I did with the campus radio station and I threw a great deal of my energy into that.”
Always come with at least three very smart questions that aren’t likely to be addressed when the interviewer describes the position. And when he/she’s answered all your questions, and then asks, “Anything else?” ask for the business. Say, “Yes, I’d like to conclude by saying how appealing I find the job and how much I’d love to work for you and show you what I can add.”
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