Tuesday, May 13, 2008


If the company has a receptionist, why is it important to treat that person with respect? Because if you go out of your way to engage her in conversation, there is a good chance that she will tell the person/persons that are interviewing you. She will tell them that you stood out among the pool of candidates as a positive, friendly individual. Who knows, you may be the only one of the interviewees who took the time to talk with her. Your gesture may prove to be one of the reasons you are offered the position. After a standard greeting, what else can you say to her? Ask her some questions about the company; "how long have you worked here? Are sales good? Who are your primary customers? Do you like it here?" Make sure that you also say positive things about the company;" your website is really first class, I enjoyed reading about your planned expansion in the local newspaper, your property is really well maintained."

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In your opinion, which of the following is the most effective way to recognize an employee for a significant accomplishment at work?