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How to Act During an Interview

Your behavior during an interview will help an employer determine how you will act toward clients, customers, and colleagues. Here are some tips for making a good impression during an interview.

  • Smile often. You want to present yourself as friendly and excited to be there.
  • Offer a firm handshake. This is a standard greeting in most interview situations.
  • Do not sit until the interviewer does or until he or she asks you to be seated. This is a good way to show respect to your potential employer.
  • Note the names and job titles of everyone in the room. This will help you with thank you letters after the interview.
  • Avoid saying anything negative about former employers, supervisors, and co-workers. Employers want employees with solutions to problems, not employees who dwell on bad past experiences. Further, employers are always looking to see how you will represent their company in public if hired and complaints about former employers or colleagues might raise concerns.