Interview demeanor

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Updated: 4/11/2007 11:26 am
How important is your demeanor, or general behavior, during a job interview? Many surveys have found that it's the most influential factor in the hiring decision; in some cases, it even ranks ahead of experience. So making a good impression is crucial. Here are some tips: first, be friendly and courteous to everyone you encounter, starting with the receptionist who greets you. When you enter the office, discreetly look around for possible conversation openers. Maybe you share a common interest. During the interview, it's vital to show enthusiasm. Be responsive, attentive, and remember to smile. Even if you tend to be shy, or are just a bit nervous, do your best to radiate confidence. Sit up straight, don't fidget, and make eye contact periodically throughout the interview. Keep your answers fairly brief. And allow some time for the interviewer to talk, too. Always end the interview on a positive note. Thank the interviewer for his or her time, and say you've enjoyed meeting with them. If you want the job, by all means, let them know.
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