When it comes to impressing hiring managers recruiting for premium entry level jobs and paid internships, a good first impression can make all the difference. In particular, knowing how to conduct yourself in the waiting room before a job interview can set you up for success with the employer. Here are three tips to consider as you wait.
Show up appropriately early
While might be under the impression that arriving at the office early means you’re a considerate candidate, there’s such a thing of showing up too early. Ideally, you should walk through the door about 10 to 15 minutes before your interview is scheduled to start – this gives your interviewer some time to prepare. However, arriving sooner than this time frame puts added pressure for the hiring manager to meet with you earlier than expected, which can be seen as being inconsiderate of his or her time.
Just because your interview is supposed to start at a certain time doesn’t mean that the hiring manager will be waiting to greet you. If you show up in the waiting room without announcing yourself, chances are your interviewer will continue with his or her previous tasks and wonder where you are. This can also be seen as shyness on your part – not a good employee quality.
While it’s not against the rules to take a quick glance at your notes and go over your practiced responses, you should not appear to be flustered or disorganized while waiting in the lobby. Look through your papers and resume for a minute and then put them away – you want to look ready and able when the interviewer comes to greet you.