When you are preparing for an interview, you will be thinking about what to wear, what stories you will tell and what you will ask. One thing that can slip you mind is what you will be doing before going into your interview.

When you are arriving at your interview, not just the building but the block that building is on, be sure to be aware of how you are portraying yourself. Staff members might see or interact with you and you won’t know it.

Once you are in the building, be kind and courteous to everyone you meet, they could be a future colleague or client and you want to leave them with a good impression. When you arrive at reception, introduce yourself, explain why you are there and who you are meeting with and from there you will most likely be asked to take a seat.

This is the part where some candidates forget that they are being observed. So what should you be doing while you wait?

  • Maintain good posture, avoid slouching
  • If you haven’t already, put your phone on silent and put it away, this is not the time to check messages
  • Peruse brochures or any company information available
  • Review your notes

When your interviewer approaches, discreetly wipe your hand to ensure it’s not clammy, stand, smile  and greet them with a firm handshake.

Then you are off to your interview, don’t forget to make some small talk on the way there to break the ice and avoid the awkward walk in silence to the meeting room.