When Does the Interview Actually Start?

Featured in TorontoJobs.ca Newsletter for March 2013

Be confident at all times! Hold your head high – stand tall. When you are invited by an employer to an interview, you should know with certainty that you have been selected. When you are invited to a party or celebration, you believe you received the invitation because you were especially thought to be a valued guest at the event. An interview is no different.

When you call to confirm your interview date, time and location and verify the position for which you are interviewing, you are building rapport with your potential employer. Your ambition, confidence and upbeat personality will be equally matched by your interviewer. Your positivity will result in their enriched excitement about their department, and the company where they work.

Imagine you are already employed with your potential employer. Do not display or portray any nervousness or uncertainty. Speak with a firm belief that you belong. Confirm the interview, as though you are confirming an appointment with a client of the company. Be bold – be professional!

When you arrive at the company for your interview, know with certainty the interview surely begins the moment you arrive onsite at the company. When you park your car in the parking lot, or when you exit the bus, and straighten your tie at a bus stop nearby the company, you are in the interview process. Once you enter the front door of the company, the front desk clerk, receptionist and / or secretary are part of the panel for your interview. These people will be later asked about how you presented yourself upon arrival.

From your attire, to your personality, to the words you use in your dialogue, with all company employees you meet on your way to the interview; each person is an important decision-maker in the hiring process. Make sure to smile, stand straight, walk with confidence, and be polite to each employee.

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Be sure to communicate clearly by words you use, the way you speak, rate of your speech and most importantly monitor and adjust the tone or inflection of your voice. The way you move, in terms of your walking and the gait of your steps will effect the way you are perceived by your interviewer. Your body language includes not only your outward physical movements, but also the movements of your face through your facial expressions.

Sometimes what you don’t mean to say is said through the way you look and move



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