March 23, 2010

Advice on Good Interviewing Etiquette

Posted in Career, Work tagged , , at 7:12 am by Liliana

Good Interviewing Etiquette

Good Interviewing Etiquette

Unemployment is at a record level, and a lot of people are looking for a job. If you are lucky enough to get an interview, you want to use your opportunity well. Here is a bit of common sense advice on good interview practices:

Timing & Planning

  • Schedule your interview for your best time of day
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Have contact information ready
  • Complete necessary forms in advance

Apparel & Appearance

  • Shine shoes & check fingernails
  • Get a haircut & comb hair neatly
  • Choose suit with shirt and tie or blouse
  • Coordinate accessories

Reading & Research

  • Read information on the prospective company
  • Research company web site for latest news & press releases
  • Google people you’ll be meeting for background information
  • Know how to pronounce names of people you will meet
  • If this is a second interview, review notes of past meetings
  • Be acquainted with current news so you sound well informed
  • Create a list of good questions you will ask the interviewer
  • Check e-mails just before leaving for any last-minute rescheduling

Take With You

  • Cell phone (turn off before interview)
  • Portfolio or business case
  • Resume copies (at least two)
  • Business cards
  • Blank paper or notebook and pens

Getting There

  • Plan on being punctual and arrive several minutes early
  • Plan on extra time if weather requires
  • Google map the directions
  • Find out where to park ahead of time
  • Identify the correct building entrance
  • Pay attention to your posture
  • Make appropriate, positive opening comments
  • Your handshake should be strong and firm

Best of luck.