Whether it's a job or a college admissions interview, a first impression can make or break your chances.
We took the time to break down some of the best pointers we have to share with you.
Did you know.....the average length of an interview is 40 minutes?*
According to hiring managers, the most common mistake job applicants make during an interview: Talking too much*
- Arrive at the location of your interview a full hour in advance. Planning to arrive with an hour cushioning leaves you time in case you get hopelessly lost.
- When arriving early, find a bench to sit on and absorb the environment and ambience around you. Watch the people coming and going. Be a sponge, absorb!
- Being at the location of the interview an hour early is suggested, but don't arrive to the interview itself more than fifteen minutes early.
- Prior to checking in for the interview, make sure to wash and dry your hands before going in. You don't want to greet with sweaty palms.
- Come to the interview prepared with a notebook and pen.
- Don't forget to bring your resume too. Not folded, deliver it flat.
- A smile should be the first thing delivered in your greeting to anyone in the company or college.
- While in the waiting room, you should stand. Everyone looks better when they stand and this will be the first chance they get to look at you.
- Obviously turn off all electronic devices.
- After your smile, make sure to greet with "I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me."
- Always remember if this interview is with a company, it's about what you can do to help the company.
- You should have done plenty of research ahead of time on how you can help the company or what you know about the requirements and statistics of the college you're visiting.
- Ask questions of your own.
- When you're done with the interview and you are home, you should send an e-mail thanking them for their time and mail a handwritten thank you note to each person you met.
*Data from "Before We Begin: A Look At The American Worker, Autumn 2012"