It May Be Called "Small Talk"...
But it can have a huge impact on a potential employer's opinion of you! If you're not an expert in the art of conversation, use these tips to make a great impression:
- Prepare an opening line. Before the interview, have an introductory statement ready to prevent awkward pauses or verbal blunders. "Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today," may be all you need to say.
- Focus on the interviewer. If he volleys back into your court, ask a neutral question. "Did you have to juggle your schedule much to accommodate this interview?" Your interviewer wants to take control of the conversation; this presents a perfect opportunity for the transition.