Etiquette Friday – Manners for a Job Interviewee

By Angela Marshall, 18th Jan 2013

I continue my quest from 2012,  when each Friday you join me in my campaign to change “Casual Friday” to “Etiquette Friday” and to encourage people and companies to get involved. Hopefully my messages have reminded you to make some small changes, and that people will be more considerate to others and more aware of their manners. The goal in turn will create a more pleasant and positive society.

Manners for Interviews

I have received some interesting comments from clients recently about how poor people’s manners are at interviews, from lack of punctuality, being ill prepared and, in some cases, lack of interest or consideration in the individual. Both interviewers and interviewees. Following on from last week’s blog on Manners for Interviews, this week I will cover in more detail Manners for an interviewee.

Manners for a Job Interviewee

Having good manners at an interview can get you the job or in some cases bad manners can lose you the job.

7 tips or reminders:

  1. Respond Quickly – when you receive an email, a telephone call or a letter to attend an interview respond by the next working day.
  2. Be Prepared – take at least one copy of your CV, the interviewer may have forgotten theirs.
  3. Dress etiquette – it is of particular importance to dress appropriately for an interview, as first impressions count. Be well groomed, clean shoes, well pressed clothes, clean hair and nails. Most professional jobs you will need to dress conservatively in a good suit that fits you well in a neutral colour. However, it is vital that you consider the company you are visiting and dress smarter than if you worked there e.g. jeans may be acceptable to work there, then for an interview wear smart trousers/skirt and smart jacket. It may be that the position is in marketing or fashion retail when a more contemporary style may be acceptable. Try to find out the company’s dress code beforehand. Stand outside the office and watch people leaving at lunch time, or telephone the receptionist and ask.  Avoid a dress style that is provocative e.g. women – a low cut or tight tops and very short skirts are to be avoided. Men – best to avoid tight fitting shirts, ties that are too bold and overpowering suits or jackets.
  4. Be punctual – ensure you allow plenty of time; an interviewer will have a busy schedule and will not appreciate being kept waiting.
  5. Mobile – remember to turn off your phone!
  6. Body Language – it is important to be positive, relaxed and show good non-verbal communication.  Your body language conveys a lot of messages. Practice and prepare yourself, so that you give out positive messages. A good handshake (firm but not knuckle crushing or limp) and good eye contact shows interest in the other person. Good posture when standing and sit upright in your chair.  Remember to smile! It conveys friendship as well as loosens the muscles of your face.
  7. Think Positive – ensure you don’t rush about beforehand and put yourself in the right frame of mind before the job interview. Be prepared with questions and answers. Be constructive and sell yourself, although without being “over the top. Think how you would wish to be treated if you were the interviewer.

Finally, remember to say Thank you – good job interview etiquette is to thank the interviewer/s for their time. It will show you have good manners and appreciate their time. Remember their name and use it on introduction and when leaving.

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