Some of us have read about or heard about how important it is to make a good impression during the interview process. What some of us fail to realize is that the interview process begins once you have been contacted about the position that you have applied.
This may seem trivial but you will be amazed at the number of candidates who make inappropriate comments and display unprofessional behavior early in the process. Each person that you interact with before, during, and after the interview may have an opportunity to provide feedback on their experience working with you.
Always be mindful of the comments you make to recruiters, receptionists, and administrative support personnel. If you have questions, think about the appropriate way to phrase those questions without being rude or condescending. Offer some flexibility in scheduling telephone or Skype interviews and when making travel arrangements. You don’t want to come across as being difficult to work with.
Remember, this is your opportunity to make an impression – make it a positive one!