By Mike Spinale, Triumvirate Environmental
The Receptionist. Also known as the gatekeeper; your first point of contact at a company, and also the company's first impression of you.
For some reason, some people treat the Receptionist differently than they might a manager or an executive in the company. But when you come in for an interview, the Receptionist has a lot more power than you might think they do.
Conventional wisdom tells us how important it is to make a good first impression, and the Receptionist is the first person at the company with which a candidate interacts. Moreover, they can be the key to your success! As a hiring manager, I ALWAYS ask our Receptionist what she thinks about a candidate she has met.
come in demanding coffee,
speak to her in a curt or rude manner that demonstrated an air of superiority?
or did they treat her with respect, asking her how her day is going and making pleasant small talk with her?
The way someone interacts with her tells me a lot about the candidate and whether or not they would fit in with our culture.
Originally published on Triumvirate Environmental, on September 1, 2010
Making a good first impression is an important aspect of finding your career in the environmental sector. Not only is it a good idea to be curtious and respectful to a company's staff members, but ECO Canada also suggests being prepared for the interview component as a whole.
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