When you’re going on a job interview, the impression you make is going to impact whether or not you get hired. That means you need to put forward your best professional face so an employer will feel confident they can count on you.
Sometimes, it can be hard to know how to come across as a candidate a hiring manager will want to bring on board. But understanding basic job interview etiquette is a good place to start. Some basic job interview etiquette rules you need to know include:
- Treat everyone you encounter with respect. Don’t just be polite to the hiring manager who is conducting the interview. Be respectful of everyone you encounter, from the receptionist to the security guard who opens the door. Your behavior is being observed from the time you arrive, and anything you do can be used to judge whether you’re the right candidate.
- Come overly prepared to the interview. It’s disrespectful to waste the interviewer’s time, so make sure you show you’re serious about the job. Come prepared to answer common interview questions and to ask questions of your own. By being prepared, you’ll show you care about getting hired and are much more likely to make a favorable impression.
- Ace the introductions. You’ll want to be polite, shake hands, introduce yourself, and make eye contact when you are introduced to the hiring manage. This is truly the first impression you’ll make and you need to show you can act appropriately in a professional setting.
- Dress professionally. You should come dressed to the interview in appropriate business attire. Don’t come in excessively fancy clothes, yet don’t show up in a T-shirt and flip-flops. Business casual, which means a skirt or a nice pair of slacks and a button down shirt is ideal.
- Send a thank-you note. After the interview, follow up with a note thanking the hiring manager for taking time out of their busy schedule to speak with you.
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