Interview Etiquette

Interview Etiquette

interview etiquetteKnowing proper job interview etiquette is an important part of successful interviewing. Everything from how you dress, what you bring to a job interview, how you greet the interviewer, to how you communicate can make a big difference in the outcome of the candidate selection process.  You should try to control every part of process that is controllable.

When you are dressing for a job interview the image you present is really important

Regardless of the type of job you’re interested in, you want that first impression to be a great one. Wear appropriate business attire in neutral colours, avoid anything flashy, and above all, be well groomed.

It’s important to arrive a few minutes early for a job interview

Plan your route ahead of time so you ensure that you’re not late. A few extra minutes will give you an opportunity to catch your breath and calm your nerves. You can also use the extra time to stop in the rest room and freshen up, if need be, to make sure you don’t have any hair, make-up or wardrobe malfunctions. However, do not arrive too early, as you may come off as impolite or desperate.  A good rule of thumb is to arrive five minutes before your interview.

Always come prepared to an interview

Bring extra copies of your resume along with a list of references to offer the interviewer and, if applicable, a portfolio of your best work. Be ready with a handful of well-rehearsed questions to ask the interviewer. Never walk into an interview with a coffee cup, bottle of water or anything else you may want to drink or chew, including gum. Turn your cell phone off and keep it out of sight.

Adopt a business-like persona from the moment you wake up the day of your interview

Whether you are sitting on the bus during your morning commute, or getting coffee at your local Starbucks, you should really be on your best behaviour. It’s a very small world; you could be standing in line behind your future boss. Furthermore, be polite to everyone you come across in the building, as your interviewer may not be the only one judging you. From the building lobby, to the elevator, to the receptionist’s desk, always be sure to present yourself with courtesy and grace. When you finally meet your interviewer, greet them with a firm handshake and formally introduce yourself.

Mind your manners

At the end of the interview, thank the hiring manager for their time and express your genuine interest in the position. It is appropriate to ask what the next step in the hiring process will be and when you might expect to hear back. Following up with a thank you note is also 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 and summarize why you are a strong candidate.

By Samantha Collier

About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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  1. Russ
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Also do not lie, mislead or exaggerate on your c.v. Your employer will know within the first few days if you exaggerated.

  2. Posted November 8, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Absolutely! Thanks for your comment Russ. Although it may be tempting to exaggerate, it’s never a good idea.