First impressions matter. Believe it or not, how you handle yourself before and after an interview are really important. Having the right etiquette before an interview could make a huge difference in getting your dream job. You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. Do it right the first time. Here are some simple tips and tricks you can follow.

If you are chosen for an in person interview there are some things you will need to know before you go to your interview.

First, look your best for the interview. That means you actually have to get dressed and comb your hair for this interview. Make sure you are dressed in appropriate interview attire. That means NO, flip flops, shorts, jeans, or anything you would wear to the beach or out to the bars. Make sure it’s a suit, black or navy. No bright, intense colors, or gaudy jewelry. Trust me, less or simple is more. Don’t smoke or layer on tons of perfume right before the interview. It will distract the interviewer right away.

Second, take plenty copies of your resume with you and also the name of the person you are interviewing with. You might have to check in at a front office or receptionist desk. Nothing less impressive then not knowing who you are seeing for an interview. Do not take anyone with you to your interview. They don’t need to be there, bottom line.

Last, we all know that interviews take time and sometimes you have to wait. This could make you restless or anxious. You may want to play with your phone or listen to music. This is a BIG no no! Leave that cell phone in your car. You will not need it for the interview. The last thing you need is be on the phone talking to your best friend and telling them how upset you are because you are waiting. Then, someone, maybe the manager or the manager that will interview you walks through the lobby at the same moment you are saying that. Not a very good first impression. You never know who has a say in the hiring process and you don’t know who will be interviewing you.

Make sure your courteous and kind to everyone when you at an (before, during, and after) interview.

Be authentic, genuine and enthusiastic about the job and in the interview. A good first impression will make a lasting impression. That’s what you want to land that dream job.

Angela Cotto

Management Career Coach