How to Succeed in an Interview
1. Dress well. When in doubt, always lean towards dressing formally. Not only will this give off a good first impression, but you’ll feel more confident when you come in wearing your best set of clothes.
2. Arrive on time. There’s nothing worse than keeping your interviewer waiting right off the bat. It’s sure to count as a strike against you, if not a boot out the door. Therefore, plan to arrive early (extra early if you know that there’ll be lots of traffic). Make sure to call your recruiter ASAP if you know that you’ll be late.
Pro tip from a MetroStar recruiter: “Don’t show up TOO early (it’s just awkward). 5-10 minutes early is perfect. Any sooner puts undue pressure on the receptionist to find something to occupy you while you’re waiting (or you stare at the receptionist for 30 minutes while waiting for the appropriate time). Go to Starbucks to kill time, or sit in your car and read.”
3. Give an appropriately firm handshake. Be careful not to shake too aggressively or weakly–a weak handshake can signal that you’re disinterested or insecure.