I recently heard a story about a job candidate that was asked to leave a job interview before the interview even began. Apparently the candidate bad mouthed the company in the reception area by casually mentioning that they didn’t have a desire to work there. When the interviewer caught wind of this, they asked the candidate to leave, because they didn’t want to waste their time on a candidate that wasn’t interested in the job.
So what can we learn from this?
Don’t speak negatively about the company you’re about to meet with or the company you just came from. In most cases, the receptionist and the interviewer don’t know you and will be making assumptions about your personality and seemingly negative attitude.
Be on your best behavior.
As soon as you enter the office of the company you’re interviewing with, the interview has begun, so act professionally. The way you interact with the employees, other candidates, even the delivery guy, matters.
Be the bigger person.
If the interviewer says something negative about the job or the organization, don’t agree with them. Just because you might concur—it doesn’t mean they’re going to hire you. Find a way to spin their negative comment into an opportunity.
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