Interview FAQ: How do I greet the Interviewer?

It is vital to greet the interviewer appropriately; after all, this is your first chance to impress your interviewers and showcase your strong and confident personality. Let’s breakdown this process and identify what you need to do:
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  • Entering the room: 
    If you are asked to come into the interview room a few minutes after the previous candidate, always knock on the door before entering. Also, remember to close the door behind you. Always ask (in an audible voice) for permission to enter the room. 'May I come in, Sir?' 
    Thank the interviewers after they give the permission.
  • Sitting Down: 
    It is better to keep standing till you are asked to take a seat. When the interviewers ask you to sit down, say "Thank you, Sir/Madam" before sitting down. If not asked, seek their permission.
  • Inside the room: 
    Stand with an erect and good posture. You should greet the interviewers by saying "Good Morning." (Or an appropriate greeting to suit the time of the day). Avoid greeting all of them in a sequence; instead look at all the interviewers in the eye and nod at the same time while wishing them. A smile in the face really helps. Remember first impressions last forever. Exude confidence (loud voice, firm handshake) and show respect and humility.
  • What do I say when leaving the interview room? 
    When the interview ends, you should smile and look at all the interviewers in the eye, say "Thank you" - and through nods and gestures, try to tell the interviewers that you liked the experience. When you walk out of the room, make sure to take your certificates and also close the door behind you when you go out.
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These are some of the simple things that you need to keep in mind while greeting your interviewer. By simply taking care of these steps, you make sure you follow the interview etiquette expected and leave your interviewers with the desired impression.
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