Originally Posted by MetroStyles
Just wondering, how exactly would you read into that?
Body language while waiting and what a person does tells me a bit about them.
A person who sits still and does nothing tells me one of two things, they are very confident with what they are about to do, or very nervous.
If a person reviews their resume and the job posting before hand, I sometimes wonder how well they know themselves and what the job is they are interviewing for.
A person who picks up a magazine, a bit aloof about the whole thing, a person who picks up an in house publication - curious about what is going on.
A person who is chatty and pleasant to the receptionist, and the receptionist gets a good vibe, lets me know the person is confident and friendly.
This is not a deal breaker, but if two people are very close, it may skew the decision in one direction. From the EA's and receptionists I've had I trust many of their opinions about people and how they will "fit"
Job interviewing is not a science and is all about first impressions.
As for the surfer dude, I have a friend who works in Investment Banking and to prove a point wore track pants to work on a casual Friday. Nothing was said to him, as he is crazy brillant at what he does and he wanted to call his team out on their notions of propriety and who people are. This is the same guy that throws his bespoke suits in a pile on the floor when he gets home from work.