It is never good to arrive late. Allow time for unexpected delays. Speak clearly and at a steady pace. You will be perceived as a poor communicator if you race through the interview or talk too slowly.
It's fine to be friendly, but don't get so comfortable with your interviewer that you ask inappropriate personal questions or use inappropriate language. Having a good sense of humor is important; however, this is not the place to test jokes. Also, avoid criticizing former employers, which will present you in a negative light.
Always remember to do your homework. Allow your research about a company to be evident throughout your conversation. While you want to tell the interviewer about all of your
accomplishments so they will see that you are highly qualified for the job, avoid coming across as overbearing or conceited. A little humility often goes a long way. It can also help you get that second interview.
Jane Waldman is director of recruitment at Kaplow.
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