It’s no surprise that the tweet below from Matt Buckland, Head of Talent and Recruiting at Forward Partners in London went viral recently.
Karma – the guy who pushed past me on the tube and then suggested I go F myself just arrived for his interview…with me…
— Matt Buckland (@ElSatanico) February 16, 2015
This is a scenario that we are consistently warning our candidates about. In fact, many companies will take note of your behaviour and treatment of others in the building and not just the individuals who are interviewing you. So keep in mind that you may be judged on every individual touch point that you have coming into the interview process.
Being respectful and courteous to everyone on the day of your interview (and we mean EVERYONE at all times) goes beyond that one day. Keeping a positive attitude overall is imperative as it translates to everyone you are in contact with from the people who are sharing the elevator with you to the receptionist at the desk.
There are numerous studies that support the impact that positive thinking can have during the interview process and through your overall search for employment. It’s the type of attitude you should continually strive for and apply from the moment you walk out your door to the moment you come home.
Here are 4 ways to ensure a positive state of mind on interview day:
Come Prepared – Ensure you have done your research and have run through all the potential questions that you might be asked. You can take it one step further and have a friend run a mock-interview with you to provide feedback on body language, tone and overall confidence.
Choose Your Wardrobe – First impressions are everything and that includes your appearance. So don’t wait until the last minute to choose your outfit. Set it aside the night before to save you time and stress the next morning.
Don’t skip breakfast or lunch – You may not feel hungry on interview day due to nerves and excitement, but ensure you do eat a wholesome meal so you aren’t hungry during the interview. This will keep you content and avoid any grumpy growling from your tummy.
Smile – It’s amazing what a smile can do! Make a conscious effort to smile throughout your day to help keep you happy and positive and that attitude will translate towards everyone you are in contact with that day.