First impressions count.

Be sure you’re able to make a favorable first impression during the on-site interview. In most cases, the initial 30 seconds or so of your introduction will be vital. Greet people with a smile, eye contact, and a firm handshake. Avoid overly firm or soft handshakes and eliminate any tendencies to speak to your shoes. Present yourself as honestly happy and enthusiastic to meet these people. If you’re unaccustomed to dealing with strangers in settings like this, practice with friends or colleagues beforehand. You’ll need to exude confidence and poise, and the practice will be measuring your introduction skills to determine how you’ll greet patients.