When you check in with the receptionist before a job interview, remember to smile because the person behind the front desk holds more power than you think. Some companies feel a lot can be learned from how candidates treat receptionists, particularly if they’re rude, condescending or arrogant. Here are some tips:
- Be friendly, but formal: Take the time to learn the receptionist’s name, which always leaves a positive impression.
- R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Don’t treat the receptionist as an underling. If offered a drink, keep it simple and don’t expect the receptionist to go out of the way to serve you.
- Watch your mouth: Expect everything you say to the receptionist to get back to the interviewer, so speak carefully. Avoid talking on your cellphone. Those conversations could come back to haunt you.
- Bid adieu: Make sure to thank and say goodbye to the receptionist after the interview. Last impressions are unforgettable.
… and if you’re coming to the radio, beware of Christine Ravely at the front desk! No just kidding. Go get that job. – Justin