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What to Say When You Walk in to Apply for a Job

While some people may submit job applications by mail, others are either required to or make the decision to fill out or drop off the application in person. When this happens, you may meet one of the people who will make a decision as to whether you are hired. When this happens, you should first introduce yourself, state your reason for being there, and then say a bit about yourself.


When you walk in to apply for a job, you should ask about where you go to fill out a job application. In some cases, the person to whom you speak may pass you an application, while in other cases you may be directed to another party. In all cases, you should introduce yourself by providing her your name and, if appropriate, shaking hands with the person providing the application.

Request for Application

If a job has been already advertised or you know that the employer regularly provides applications to employees, you should request an application. If the place was not advertising and may not provide applications, you should ask to speak with a manager or the person in charge of hiring. You should then explain to the person your purpose for being there, ask whether the place is hiring, and, if so, ask about the procedure for being hired.


Always bring your resume when you go to apply. In addition, the manager may ask you questions about your previous experience, your reasons for wanting the job, and your availability. Be prepared to answer all of these questions. Generally, chitchat with the employer is not appropriate, unless the employer initiates it. In such an instance, it is acceptable for you and him to carry on a brief conversation.


A person applying for a job should use a bit of common sense when walking in. If the person who you are receiving an application from is very busy, you may find it better to come back another time or to keep your comments brief. In addition, look the employer in the eye when you speak. Dress in clothes that are clean and at least semi-formal.

  • "The Everything Get a Job Book"; Dawn Rosenberg McKay; 2007

Michael Wolfe has been writing and editing since 2005, with a background including both business and creative writing. He has worked as a reporter for a community newspaper in New York City and a federal policy newsletter in Washington, D.C. Wolfe holds a B.A. in art history and is a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y.