Interview Tip – The Lift Conversation
Picture this scenario. You’ve arrived for your interview. The person interviewing you collects you from reception. And then suddenly, it’s just the two of you in the lift together. What do you do? Feel awkward? Not talk? Or see it as an opportunity to make a good first impression? Successful candidates choose the latter option – in sales and recruitment, you need to be charismatic and engaging, so start demonstrating you have these qualities from the very start.
Simple ̶ start a conversation! It does not need to be specific. Avoid questions like, ‘How many other candidates have applied for this role?’ for example. The person may not be able to answer this, and it can give off the wrong impression. Keep it light and generic to your situation. Using an open question can help stimulate an exchange. ‘Are you having a good day?’ may result in a one word response, but “How’s your day going?” invites conversation, which can still be going as you reach the interview room.
There is a chance that the person collecting you may be a bit awkward in the lift themselves. And if you are nervous, they can pick this up from you. The reality is though, you are the one who needs to make a positive impact on them because you are the one who wants the role. You need to take ownership of the situation then. The key to doing this well is being aware. Recognising you may have a natural tendency to be awkward in the lift scenario, means you can take control and proactively steer the situation.