This article is recommended for individuals near the beginning of their careers
Make a positive impression
Making conversation with the receptionist is a great way to make a positive impression even before your job interview. It shows that you are friendly, approachable, and can handle social interactions well. Here are some tips on how to make conversation with the receptionist.
Smile & be polite
Approach the receptionist with a warm smile and use polite language. Greet them with a friendly "Hello" or "Good morning/afternoon."
Share your name and mention that you have a job interview scheduled. For example, you can say, "Hi, I'm [Your Name]. I have a job interview at [Company Name] today."
Be interested in them
Engage in some small talk and show genuine interest in the receptionist as a person. You can ask how their day is going or if they've been with the company for a while.
Compliment the office or company
If you notice something positive about the office or the company, feel free to offer a sincere compliment. For example, you could say, "Your office looks really nice, and I've heard great things about this company's work culture."
Keep it light & positive
Avoid controversial or sensitive topics and focus on positive subjects. Steer clear of complaining about anything, as this could create a negative impression.
Don't overstay your welcome
Keep in mind that the receptionist may be busy with their responsibilities. Be mindful of their time, and if you see they are occupied, kindly let them get back to their tasks.
Before you head to the waiting area or your interview room, thank the receptionist for their assistance. You can say something like, "Thanks for your help. I'm looking forward to the interview.
Remember, the goal is to make a good impression and create a positive atmosphere. Being respectful, friendly, and approachable will reflect well on you as a candidate and may even give you a subtle advantage during the interview process. Good luck with your job interview!
Are you looking for a job?
Now that you know how to make conversation before your job interview, you should take a moment to check our current vacancies page.
At 11 Recruitment, we have a range of white-collar temp and perm jobs available. We're always on the lookout for top talent to place with our clients, so we encourage you to apply for any positions that are of interest.
If none of our current vacancies are right for you, you should register for job alerts. Then we’ll be able to notify you when we receive a position that matches your profile.
What are your thoughts?
I'd love to have a conversation with you about this topic - please leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or opinions 🙂
Managing Director of 11 Recruitment