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Interview Etiquette

Part 1 of 3 – The Candidate

This is the first part of our three-part series focusing on etiquette during the job interview process and focuses on the Candidate…

OK, you’ve found a great position with an even greater company and the interview is scheduled.  Now what?

Navigating the interview process can be challenging, and is now more competitive than ever.   Etiquette – as in manners, politeness and bridging the gap between being yourself and presenting your professional self to a potential employer –  is crucial.

As Emily Post would say, “You’re not trying to make a personal statement; you’re trying to get the job!”

A few things to remember…

  • Be PreparedEven if you weren’t a scout in your childhood, do your research on the company’s background and be sure to know the names and positions of those who will be interviewing you.
  • Resume and Portfolio – Don’t arrive empty handed.  Even if the company has received your information electronically, you must bring your resume (multiple copies) and portfolio with you.  (Look for our portfolio building advice coming soon.)
  • Arrive Early (but not too early) – Better to sit in an outer office, in your car, or take a brief walk to review your notes.  Don’t walk too far, however.  Be sure to check in with reception 10 minutes prior to the interview start time.
  • Dress for Success, understand the dress code for the company you’re visiting.  Be polished, and well groomed (no purple fingernails, cool it on the cologne, and try not to hug the dog on the way to the interview.)
  • Your Handshake – It can make or break your first impression.  Be firm, but don’t break the interviewer’s hand!
  • Thank you…Your parents didn’t remind you to say thank you all these years just for you to forget it now.  Say “thank you” in person and follow the interview with a brief, handwritten note to each person involved in the interview process.

Good manners are always appropriate and are more important than ever.  Don’t let bad etiquette stand in the way of getting the job you want.