Most of the time, before you meet the person who’s going to interview you, you’re usually going to meet the receptionist who will greet you and ask, “May I help you?” Introduce yourself, and you’ll be asked to have a seat. Often, people make the mistake of being rude to the receptionist. Perhaps they hand you an application and you start muttering under your breath about the application. It may sound childish, but people do it all the time.
Be aware that smart hiring managers will often ask the receptionist about their experience of you. I can assure you if they’ve got something negative to say about you, they will share the anecdote.
If you’ve been kind to them, if you thank them for hanging a coat, for example, or bringing you a beverage if one was offered to you, they’ll tell that too. Just remember, the receptionist is a human being and they’re part of the interview. Be nice to them.
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