Job interview etiquette is important for obvious reasons. Apart from helping you land your dream job, it makes the whole experience much more pleasant for both parties.
Just follow the following simple rules of interview etiquette and be confident that you are putting your best foot forward.
- Arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early, not earlier than that. And definitely not after the scheduled time! Travel the route you have to take to the interviewer’s office the day before, so that you know how long it takes.
- Dress in business attire, even if the office allows casual wear. T shirts, flip flops, etc are best avoided.
- Be polite to everyone you meet, including the receptionist, if there is one. After all, any of them might be asked what they thought of you.
- Turn off your cell phone. And whatever you do, DO NOT check social media while the interview is on!
- Do refer to the interviewer by name.
- Be alert and interested from beginning to end.
- Sit up straight without being rigid. It is fine to lean forward a bit, as this indicates interest. Don’t overdo anything, though.
- Be calm and confident but never egotistical or aggressive.
- Use a firm handshake and a sincere smile. Put your hand out and clasp gently but firmly. Not too little pressure, nor too much. Practice with a friend beforehand, if need be.
- Project keen interest in the company and the interviewers; never act disinterested.
- Be positive and confident – never get defensive at any question or comment at job interviews.
- Maintain eye contact with the interviewer without crossing the boundary into staring.
- Don’t ask for refreshments of any kind.
- Speak of your accomplishments with specific examples.
- Don’t put down any former employer or colleagues.
- When asking them questions, be sure to ask about aspects other than just money.
- Don’t excuse yourself to go to the bathroom during the interview.
- At the end of the interview, say thank you.
- Follow up by email and thank each person who interviewed you. Look up the organization’s website to get their names spelled correct and for their exact designations.
Follow these simple interview etiquette rules and you’ll come out way ahead of competitors who violate them!