Unless you really don't want the job, that is.
Take the Lead, Keep it Cool, Keep it Classy!
Your interviewer tries to shake your hand but gets a fistful of latte. You get self-conscious about your coffee breath. Then you forget your now-old, cold cup on the interviewer's desk.
Nervous interviewees swivel back and forth so much, you worry they'll get whiplash," says Laura Sherbin, director of research at the nonprofit Center for Talent Innovation.
No matter how cool the person who will interview you seems, e-mailing them like they're your BFF is unprofessional AF. Take the other person's lead in tone, and keep it classy.
You will likely be in close quarters with your interviewer. Strong odors are off-putting, so don't light up beforehand. No, masking it with perfume won't work either.
Try on your outfit two days in advance. If you are uncomfortable, anyone looking at you will be too, says Sherbin. The key is fit more than fashion: Avoid clothes that are too clingy or too loose and sloppy.
Be friendly and polite to everyone at the office—not only your inter viewer—or no one will trust you to work with potential clients, Sherbin says.
Turn off your phone before you arrive. If it rings mid-conversation, ignore it or turn it off discreetly, Sherbin says. "Whatever you do, don't check that text or missed call."
Are you a nervous fidgeter? Remove any ammo that might distract you or your interviewer. Put your pencil or pen on the table or in your bag, and keep your hands folded in your lap.
Switch to your killer heels before you get there—not in the reception area or bathroom. Keep them on until you're a few blocks away. Sorry, no one wants to see your feet.
Published By: Cosmo, Bellaland
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