Etiquette: Interview Edition | Alyssa J Freitas: Etiquette: Interview Edition

March 10, 2013

Etiquette: Interview Edition

{Photo Credit: fdt.com and Alyssa J Freitas}

I would like to preface this post by saying that I am in no way, shape, or form an expert with interviewing. In my life I have gone on a grand total of five interviews, so most of the rules I'm about to promote come from the etiquette reading and research I have done. 

Let's first go over your appearance.
1. Dress modestly. No short skirts or plunging necklines! It is also best to stick to a neutral palette and avoid any oversized accessories. You want the interviewer to remember you, not the crazy scarf that you wore.
2. Makeup and hair should also be done in a conservative manner. Hair should most definitely be kept out of the face. Anything fussy will just be distracting. 
3. Be sure that your nails are done. Since the first thing you do is shake hands, the interviewer's first impression will be of your hands! 

Now, what should you bring?
1. Two to three copies of your updated resume. 
2. A professional note pad and pen.
3. Answers to the basic questions: "Tell me about yourself" "What is your greatest strength" "What is your greatest weakness" "What experience have you had which has prepared you for this job" "What will you bring to the table".
4. Also, have your own questions prepared such as: "Is there room for growth with this job" "Do you enjoy working for ____" "How did you reach the position you are in now".  
5. Make sure to turn off your cell phone or anything that may make noise or be disruptive. 

You're in the actual interview now!
1. Be kind to everyone in the building. You never know who you're interacting with.
2. Be confident. This includes a pleasant expresion, good posture, a firm handshake, and the appropriate level of seriousness.
3. NEVER ask about salary during the first interview and NEVER interrupt your interviewer.
4. Ask when a decision will be made so you're less likely to go crazy with the suspense.
5. Be appreciative by thanking the interviewer. Also, see my post Etiquette: Thank You Note Edition for specifics on sending your thanks.

Yes! You nailed it! Now what...?
1. Wait until the date which you established with the interviewer for a decision before contacting them. 
2. Don't post anything online about the interview. It is best to keep things private before you know the outcome. Even if you do not get the job, do not post anything derogatory about the interviewer or company. You never know when another position may open up!

Good job! I'm sure you'll be amazing. Just remember to 

- Keep It Simple
Alyssa J Freitas    

No comments:

Post a Comment