Etiquette Friday – Manners for the InterviewerBy Angela Marshall, 25th 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 few week’s blogs on Manners for Interviews and Manners for Interviewee, this week I will cover in more detail manners for an interviewer.
Manners for a Job Interviewer
Having good manners when interviewing candidates is important as it not only reflects on you as a person but also the company you work for. Being rude and inconsiderate will give a bad reflection whereas a well mannered person shows high standards as well as consideration for employees of the company.
7 tips or reminders:
- Be Prepared – Ensure you have read the person’s CV and that you know what information you need to find out from the person. Prepare questions and take a copy of the candidate’s CV to the interview.
- Dress etiquette – ensure you are well groomed, your clothes are well fitted and that they represent the dress code and brand of your company. First impressions count both ways.
- Be punctual – ensure you are on time and if delayed you apologise. Show respect for other people’s time if keeping them waiting.
- Mobile- ensure you turn off your mobile or at least have it on silent.
- Entrance – greet the candidate or enter the room with energy and enthusiasm.
How you greet a person reveals a great deal about you- your confidence, your attitude, your refinement and the work environment/culture.
- Use their Name – remember the candidates name and when introducing yourself, use your first and last name.
- Body Language – when you meet the candidate give good eye contact, a firm handshake and smile to convey friendship and warmth. It is important to be positive, relaxed and to give out positive messages.
Show professionalism and thank the interviewee for coming. It will show you have good manners and appreciate their time.