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How to Exit Gracefully

Q. I'm going on job interviews and wonder how to exit gracefully. Most haven't met me before because I send all my resumes online. When they finally do meet me, I want them to remember me. Is there something I can do on the way out so that happens?

Ans. There's something you can do all during the interview. When you walk in, shake hands firmly and look the interviewer in the eye. Too many people are shy, or embarrassed by the attention, and look around the room. Keep your eyes focused throughout the chat, be positive in all your answers, even if you're saying something negative. For instance, if they notice you've been out of work a long time, and comment on that, respond that you've spent the time seriously looking for better employment, and that you understand better jobs take longer to find. When you reach that exit line, don't linger. Get up quickly, and again shake hands with a smile. Don't ask if you can call, state that you will phone and email, to see what the results of this meeting will be, but that he or she is welcome to call you sooner. 

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