You have a job interview fast approaching, and that jittery feeling is already brewing in the pit of your stomach.
Sure, there's plenty to be nervous about. You're worried about being able to make it to the office on time without getting lost or stuck in traffic. You're anxiously preparing answers to common interview questions so you can knock your responses out of the park. You've researched the company relentlessly, selected your perfect interview outfit, and even did a little innocent LinkedIn stalking of the hiring manager.
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But what's one aspect you neglected to think about? Small talk.
It's an inevitable part of every job interview. Whether you exchange pleasantries for a few minutes before the hiring manager jumps in with questions or you want to fill the silence during that shared stroll to the conference room, you need to be prepared to engage in some professional — and, ideally, impressive — small talk.
How can you leverage that seemingly insignificant conversation to your advantage to make an even better impression on your interviewer? Here's what you need to know.