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Tips: When does the interview begin?

The start of the interview that you have been dreading has begun, marked by the shut of the door behind you and the employer. Now's not the time to freeze up,rather, it is the time to step up and show them what you are worth.  Remember, most interviews follow the same layout, so if you are prepared for one, you are more than likely prepared for all.  Although the official interview usually starts when you are behind closed doors, a screening process begins the minute you enter the front doors. The receptionist is going to screen you to see how you are dressed, your etiquette in the waiting room, and if you are friendly.  Additionally, once the employer comes out to greet you, be the first to extend your hand and introduce yourself.  This shows confidence and will be sure to impress them.  Small talk in the interview room is normal.  It is used as a way to make you feel comfortable as well as, unfortunately, evaluate you.  The evaluation may be based on how you commuicate to people, being that in most cases you will be working with customers. Don't get embarrassed when they begin to ask questions about your background, education, and your future goals, all they are trying to do is see if you are the right fit for the position, and further, for the Company.  Therefore, they are actually doing you a favor, afterall, we all want to be in that job that we enjoy walking in to every day.  At the end of your interview, be sure that you remain excited about being there. The interview does not end until you walk out that door. 

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