You see yourself as: A (busy) VIP
Hiring managers see you as: Disrespectful
Apart from being late to an interview (which is the biggest red flag), don't risk of letting your hiring manager see a phone in your hand, especially right before he or she comes out to greet you. And don't even think about taking it out during the interview.
Hiring managers notice all those little things, like if you take a quick glance at your phone, wristwatch or clock on the wall. If they see you checking the time, it'll seem like you're distracted and thinking on "more important" things. Show up early and and stay present. Let them know that this job interview is your most important priority right now. Looking "too busy" isn't a badge of honor, it's just disrespectful.
Debby Carreau is an entrepreneur, author and founder of Inspired HR. She has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 25 HR Professionals and is a regular contributor on multiple TV shows, Entrepreneur Magazine and many other print and online publications. She is a board member for YPO and Elevation Group as well as an Advisory Board member for FinDev Canada.
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