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The 2-Minute Drill: Make Your Way Through the Interview's Crucial First Moments

The 2-Minute Drill: Make Your Way Through the Interview's Crucial First Moments

Carole Martin, Monster Contributing Writer

Worst Case

Jack is nervous about his interview as he sits in the lobby. Anyone watching can see the signs: His foot is tapping rapidly, and he’s muttering to himself, obviously rehearsing his lines. He’s slouched down in his chair, and when he spots the interviewer coming down the hall, he begins to wipe a sweaty hand on his pant leg. He stands, and as he does, the magazine on his lap falls to the floor. When he bends to pick it up, he knocks over his portfolio and papers fall out. The interviewer is thinking, “This guy is a basket case. He doesn’t look like the kind of person we want representing our product line.” When Jack finally pulls himself together, he holds out his hand, but his handshake is weak. Jack’s fate may be sealed before he answers his first question.


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