Being a Small-Talk Slacker

Interviewers are people, too. Building a rapport from the start is the best way to make a good first impression. So look your interviewer in the eye, shake his hand, and say hello. “Take the initiative in the introductions,” says Chris Thomas, global recruiting director for the Experienced Commercial Leadership Program at General Electric (GE) in Fairfield, Conn. “Ask me, ‘How are you?’” Small talk shows that applicants know how to be human and deal with people, including teammates and clients.

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