Job Interview Etiquette: 9 Rules

Hiring entry-level employees is typically looked at as an intelligent recruitment move.

Even if it isn’t the first time you’re going in for a job interview, it’s a good idea to brush up on the rules of job interview etiquette. The job interview is a scenario in which you are being watched carefully and assessed thoroughly. Needless to say, you’ve got to say the right things. However, job interview etiquette entails more than just saying the right things. It’s about being the right candidate.

Here’s how you can do it:

1. Arrive early: Arriving on time is too risky. You’ve got to be there early. It’s ideal to get there about 15 minutes before the scheduled interview time.

2. Dress the part: Choose your attire in keeping with the culture of the company. The work culture will help you decide what kind of clothing (casual/formal/semi-formal) is ideal for the interview.

3. Greet your interviewer: A firm handshake, a warm smile and eye contact should be the three accompaniments to greeting your interviewer. It’s safe to go with “good morning/afternoon” if you’re unsure of how to address your interviewer.

4. Turn your phone off: It’s not enough to keep your phone on vibrate mode. It’s also not okay for your phone to light up with notifications while the interview is on. Don’t make the mistake of checking your phone (even if it’s for the time) during the interview.

5. Rehearse and research: From commonly asked interview questions to the really tricky interview questions, you’ve got to stay prepared for everything. Doing your bit of research on the company is a must.

6. Ask questions: The interview is largely incomplete (and unimpressive) if you don’t ask your interviewer the right questions. It shows that you are eager and willing to engage.

7. Don’t interrupt: You may have a lot to say to your interviewer, but always wait for your turn to speak. Say the right thing at the right time is key.

8. Watch your body language: Sit upright and lean slightly forward. It’s what you don’t say that counts as much as what you say.

9. Write a thank you note: Following up your interview with a thank you note/email to your interviewer is not only a marker of basic courtesy, but it also conveys that you are genuinely interested in the job.

It’s important to start with the rules of etiquette, but remember not to lose yourself in the process. It’s who you are that counts the most.

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