That time between arriving for an interview and waiting to meet someone can be nerve-wracking, but it’s the perfect time to evaluate the company and whether you’d be a good fit. Look around at the walls, the people, even the technology — it can all clue you into what it’s like to work there.
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Of course, when you arrive and wait for an interview to begin, you usually don’t get the opportunity to walk about, but you can see a lot even on your way into the interview room. Look at the people coming and going, and see how they’re dressed. You’ll quickly get an idea of what “business casual” really means at that company. Similarly, take a look around at the technology being used in the office if you can see it — you’ll learn a lot about the company and what you may be using if you take a job offer:
Take a look at the kind of desktops, mobile technology and video/projection equipment being used around the office. If it all appears cutting-edge, that can indicate the firm values up-to-date technology and will provide the resources to keep it that way. By contrast, a firm with antiquated technology may prevent you from doing your job with paramount effectiveness.
Pay attention to the desks and workstations as you walk through the office if you can. Fumbling for your resume and practising answers may be tempting, but the real value is in what you can see.
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