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5 Things to Do in the First 5 Minutes of Your Interview


5 Things to Do in the First 5 Minutes of Your Interview

A lot can go wrong in the first five minutes of an apartment job interview; but a lot can also go right if you are prepared! First impressions are made quickly, and an employer will be taking note of at least these five things when you meet them.


Start off acing your interview by doing these 5 things:

 1. Don’t Be Late

In fact, you should plan to be early for your interview, especially if you usually show up to places a couple minutes behind. No matter if it’s the middle of the day or rush hour—traffic in big cities like Houston can be crazy—plan for bad traffic and a wrong turn.

2. Dress to Impress

Even if you have a flawless resume and work experience, you must impress your employer by dressing up for your meeting. Whether the property you are interviewing for is casual or formal, always dress a notch up from what you expect.

3. Shake Hands Like You Mean It

A hiring manager may cycle through a number of interviews in a busy day for an apartment job. Stand out by shaking hands when you first meet, making eye contact, and expressing your gratitude that they are meeting with you.

 4. Hand Over a Copy of Your Resume

Unless you have been told not to bring your resume, show up with the best copy you’ve got. This sign of preparation is a mark of professionalism that your interviewer will appreciate.

 5. Use Positive Body Language

When you walk into your interview you should seek to embody your full potential—be confident that you are the best person for the job because this is what your interviewer is looking for. Sitting up straight, smiling, and making eye contact will all convey confidence even if you aren’t feeling it!


All it takes is 5 minutes to make good impression, and these 5 things will set you far ahead of many candidates.


Have an apartment job interview coming up? Check out our other resources to ace it on the Hire Priority Blog.

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