You’ll never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
Your interview begins before you even walk through the door. From your first phone call, all the way down to your first day of work, remember: first impressions count.
If you’re applying for a position that requires a resume, you’re typically given the opportunity to include a cover letter or brief note. Think of this as your opportunity to sell yourself as the best candidate for the position. Even when the cover letter is optional, including a few well-thought out sentences will help show your serious about the position.
From there, you’re hoping for a call from the company asking to schedule an interview, so be ready whenever to talk business anytime you answer the phone. Be sure to answer professionally and confidently, as this is another opportunity to sell yourself to the company. And remember, you’re never “just talking to a receptionist.” If you’re rude on the phone, the receptionist will likely share that information with the hiring manager, too.
By the time you actually sit down for your interview, the hiring manager probably has built a first impression of your skills and personality. Do what you can to make it a good one.