During an interview, your nonverbal behavior can be just as important as what you are actually saying. You will want to arrive to the interview 10 to 15 minutes early and be cautious of your actions around the receptionist. Make sure to turn your cell phone off (not on vibrate) to avoid any distractions during the interview. It's also important to dress in the appropriate business attire. When greeting your interviewer for the first time, stand up and make sure your right hand is free for a firm and confident handshake. When entering the interview room, wait to be seated. If the interviewer does not offer you a seat it's okay to ask "May I take a seat?"

During the interview itself, posture is extremely important. For example, try not slouch or play with your hands while speaking to the interviewer. When responding, remain professional and engaging while showing enthusiasm. Make eye contact, smile, nod your head, and be an active listener. If you have a phone interview, it's still bestto dress professionally and smile while you are speaking; this can be heard in your voice and make you seem more approachable!

Remember, the interview is your opportunity to position yourself as the desirable candidate. Dress professionally and highlight your main accomplishments and strengths. You only have one chance to make an excellent first impression.

Below are some helpful links on interview etiquette:


Interview Etiquette


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Last Updated: 8/11/16