When it comes to interviewing, answering the questions can be tough: thinking of examples, explaining past experiences and responding to scenarios. However, when it comes to making a first impression at an interview, it really is not rocket science.
Even though it sounds so easy to do, so many people still do not understand that the first impression that a job candidate makes is usually to a secretary. Job candidates need to understand that secretaries and administrative professionals are crucial to their interviewing experience.
Interviewees can make a good first impression by being kind, professional, and engaging with the secretary. Small things like smiling and addressing them by name can go a long way.
Secretaries will give feedback, even if it is informally, to hiring managers and recruiters. Sometimes, they even give their feedback before the candidate meets with the interviewer.
Common negative feedback is that a candidate was rude or was talking on his/her cell phone while waiting for the interview to start. Positive things that secretaries notice are friendliness and professionalism.
It may seem simple to make a great first impression to the secretary at a company during an interview, but it is also very important. It’s an interaction that can truly make a difference and seal the deal when the hiring managers or recruiters are struggling with making a decision between two equally qualified candidates.
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