Here’s one really valuable interview tip that often gets overlooked:
Be nice to everyone in that admissions office.
Think I’m kidding? As many an HBS admissions officer has said, the interview starts the moment you step through the door. Not the door to your interview, but the door into the admissions office.
In fact, HBS adcoms often ask the receptionist about his impressions of you. Did you smile? Were you polite and friendly, both to university staff and to fellow applicants?
So no matter how anxious or stressed out you are, don’t trudge in with a frown on your face and mistreat or dismiss the people around you. Don’t spend your waiting time nervously chewing on chocolate from the candy jar and leave wrappers and your coffee cup lying around. Be pleasant, smile and say hello to the other people there.
These are all tiny but important things that can play out in your favor.
In fact, let’s take it a step further. The interview starts the moment you step foot on campus. After all, you never know whom you might run into, so make every encounter a positive one.