Have ‘Em at Hello
Attitude, Gait, Eye Contact,
Introduction, and Handshakes
You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.—Indira Gandhi (prime minister of India,
BELIEVE IT OR not, whether officially or unofficially, the interview begins the minute you walk into the lobby of the potential employer’s building. Bad news travels fast, so just because you may think a security guard has zero input on your interview, he or she could very well be dating the assistant who reports to the recruiter who is about to interview you. The elevator ride up may also be a very telling experience about you. As a quick reminder, many buildings have cameras for security reasons, so watch your behavior while inside an elevator, because the evidence will be used against you.
Along the same lines, you should be in full interview mode from the moment the elevator doors open on your desired floor because the person who is about to interview you can coincidentally be within earshot as you announce yourself when greeted by the receptionist. Therefore, the manner in which you behave, walk, gaze, and introduce yourself will be