JOB INTERVIEW AND MANNERISM
Knowing proper job interview etiquette is an important part
of successful interviewing. How you dress, what you bring to
a job interview, how you greet the interviewer, and how you
communicate can all make a big difference in the outcome of
Review these job interview tips for before, during, and
after a job interview, to ensure that your job interview
etiquette is up to speed and you are making the best
impression on the interviewer.
What to wear to a job
When you are dressing for a job interview the image you
present is important. The first impression you make on a
potential employer is the most important one. The first
judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how
you look and what you are wearing. That is why it is always
important to dress appropriately for a job interview.
Generally, you want to wear professional, or business,
attire. For men, this might mean a suit jacket and slacks
with a shirt and tie, or a sweater and button down. For
women, this might mean a blouse and dress pants, a blazer or
a statement dress. You can also incorporate some modern
style trends into your outfit. Whether you are a man or
woman, you also want to think about the colors you wear for
an interview. Avoid anything too bright or flashy that will
distract the hiring manager.
Greet your interviewers
as Ms. or Mr. and follow their lead
When you arrive at a job interview, introduce yourself to
the receptionist, if there is one. Greet your interviewer
with a firm handshake and introduce yourself. Most people
prefer you call them by their first name however, when you
call someone by their last name you are showing them
Follow the interviewers’ lead and let them guide the
direction of the conversation. If there are periods of
silence...just sit there in the silence. If you are well
prepared for your interview, relax, you have nothing to
worry about. One of the most common interviewing mistakes is
talking too much. It is easy to ramble and over explain
things if your interview is a person of few words and there
are periods of silence. Resist this and simply let them set
the pace of the interview.
Make sure your cell
phone is off... not on vibrate
The last thing you need is a distraction during one of the
most important meetings of your life. People can still hear
your cell ring in vibrate mode.
What to bring to a job
It is important to come prepared to a job interview. Bring
extra copies of your resume along with a list of
references to offer the interviewer. Also, bring a list of
questions to ask the interviewer. If you are interviewing
for a tech or web job and you want to show examples of your
work, it is fine to bring your laptop or tablet to show the
interviewer what you have accomplished.
What you should not bring? Do not walk into a job interview
with a coffee cup or bottle of soda or water or anything
else to eat or drink. Do not chew gum.
When to get to a job
It is important to arrive a
few minutes early, or on time, at the latest, for a job
interview. Know where you are going, how much travel time
you need, and how to get to the interview location. Google
Maps could be of a great help! Check out the logistics ahead
of time, so you ensure that you are not late. Giving
yourself a bit of extra time will give you an opportunity to
stop in the restroom and freshen up, if need be, to make
sure you don't have any hair, makeup or wardrobe glitches.
A few extra minutes will also
give you an opportunity to catch your breath and stay calm.
An interview is even more stressful than normal if you are
rushing to get there on time.
Pursue the interview even if
it is going badly
You might be enduring an awful
interview experience quietly thinking to yourself, this is
the last place I would ever want to work... get me out of
Best advice I can give you is
be professional and finish what you started to the best of
your ability. No one has a gun to your head to take this
job. You are in the driver's seat because you can always
withdraw from the process or turn down an offer.
Follow up with a thank you
Following up with a thank you
note is on the list of interview etiquette best practices.
Taking the time to say thank you not only shows that you
appreciated the interview, it also gives you an opportunity
to reiterate your interest in the job.
In addition to saying thank
you, refer to anything the interviewer mentioned that
enhanced your interest and summarize why you think the job
is a good match and why you are a strong candidate for the
When it comes to interviewing,
knowing the rules ahead of time is a great start. So be
prepared, be confident, and be yourself, and you will shine
for sure. Good luck!