What you say on your resume will help you land an interview, but it’s (much!) more than what you say during the interview that will land you the job.

What are we talking about?

Nonverbal communication. Most notably, your body language, is also a major part of the message you send during an interview, starting the moment you arrive at the company office. We at Masiello Employment thought we’d help you ace your next job interview—speaking to everything you say beyond the answers you give!—with this latest edition of Do’s and Don’t-You-Dares.

Do… arrive early, especially if you plan to visit a restroom before the interview.

Don’t you dare… bring anyone with you—if you must, ask him or her to wait outside the company.

Do… be courteous to the receptionist—his or her opinion of you might be considered by your interviewer (plus, it’s just the right thing to do).

Don’t you dare… wear too much fragrance or too little deodorant!

Do… dress the part. Wear your best interview-appropriate outfit—and make sure your shoes aren’t scuffed.

Don’t you dare… look disheveled. Get your hair cut before the interview (if you’re a man, don’t forget to shave or trim any facial hair), and make sure your nails are looking their best.

Do… wait calmly, without talking on your cell phone, listening to music, or playing with a fidget spinner.

Don’t you dare… chew gum or arrive with any obvious food or drink—if worried about bad breath, have a mint a few minutes before your interview is scheduled to start.

Do… walk into the interview room with confidence. Some say an interviewer forms an opinion of you within the first 10 seconds—since you’ll most likely be walking during this critical time, how you walk is important. Maintain comfortable eye contact with the interviewer and walk directly towards him or her with your back straight and a smile on your face.

Don’t you dare… forget the interviewer’s name or mispronounce it. Ask the receptionist ahead of time for the proper pronunciation (if there’s a concern) and repeat the interviewer’s name to ensure you remember it—also, don’t call the interviewer by his or her first name unless invited to do so.

We’ve got more terrific tips for you – so many more, in fact, that we’ve decided to break this post up into two parts. Be sure to pay close attention to your nonverbal communication as you speak to others, and feel free to work with one of Masiello Employment’s recruiting team on a “mock” interview. We can assess your presentation with an objective eye and get you ready for your next face to face.

So, for now, go forth and communicate with these body language tips in your back pocket, we will be back with more next week.