When you're heading to an unfamiliar office for a job interview, there are a lot of things you have to keep in mind. Perhaps one of the most important is that first impressions play a big role in whether you get the job. For that reason, you need to be aware of how you initially greet the hiring manager and other people at a potential future workplace, and do everything you can to put your best foot forward.
if you want to knock that initial greeting out of the park, there are a number of things to keep in mind, including the following:
1) Consider your body language
First things first: You must greet anyone you meet with a cheery smile and positive body language, according to the Houston Chronicle. That means standing up straight, making solid eye contact, perhaps taking a confident step forward and extending your hand for a handshake. This will show hiring managers you're confident and proactive.
2) Let them start
With that having been said, it's also important to allow the manager you're meeting with to dictate the terms of the introduction, the Houston Chronicle added. For instance, if the manager comes out to meet you and says, "Hello, I'm Jane Smith," it wouldn't make sense for you to say, "Hey, I'm Dave." On the other hand, if they say, "Hi, I'm Jane," you should not respond, "How do you do? I'm David Jones." You should always strive to match their tone.
3) Be a bit formal
In fact, when you meet people at this office - whether it's the hiring manager or the receptionist out front - it's a good idea to err on the side of formality, according to Interview Genie. As noted, something as simple as saying "hi" instead of "hello" may not seem like a big deal, but it can be a little thing that registers subliminally and may dim people's view of your first impression.
4) Remember your manners
Similarly, it's important to make sure you're careful to say please and thank you, hold the door for people and otherwise do all the things you were taught about manners growing up, Interview Genie noted. Here, too, it can seem like a little detail, but if it makes you seem even slightly more like someone your potential future coworkers want on the team, that could go a long way toward helping ensure you get more consideration.
5) Stand and provide a good handshake
Finally, an absolutely critical part of a good first impression is still just a firm handshake, according to Career Trends. If yours is too weak - or too strong - that could actually count against you more than you might ever think. For that reason, it's a good idea to get some practice in so you can find that just-right pressure. That way, when the hiring manager comes to greet you in the waiting area, you can rise with confidence and give them the solid just-right grip.