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When arriving at the office for your interview, the appropriate protocol when introducing yourself to the receptionist is to state your full name, announce with whom you have the interview, the time of your appointment.

Home / Business Etiquette and Protocol / When arriving at the office for your interview, the appropriate protocol when introducing yourself to the receptionist is to state your full name, announce with whom you have the interview, the time of your appointment.

When greeting a receptionist for an interview appointment, you should state your full name first. For example, “Good morning (afternoon, evening), my name is John Smith and I have a 10 o’clock appointment with Jane Thomas”. Then, give your business card to the receptionist. This will help him or her remember your name when they call the interviewer.

The receptionist will take it from there. If there is any paperwork that needs to be completed, he or she will let you know. Do not try to make small talk with the receptionist, as it may be an intrusion on their work. Also, do not ask for a pen or specific reading material. You should already have these items with you.

Last but not least, avoid checking emails on any electronic devices while waiting. This includes your cell phone or blackberry. In fact, all your electronics should be turned off. Your focus should be on the interview. If you are busy doing other things it can communicate that you are not taking the opportunity very seriously.

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