Job Interview “Etiquette” is KEY to Getting HiredJune 04, 2014 by William Frierson
Paulette remembers her mother often reviewing the importance of good manners at the dinner table. “‘Use your napkin, chew quietly, listen when another is speaking and say thank you to the cook (Mom or my older sister Beth) before leaving the table.’” Paulette smiled as she recalled the ‘rules.’ “I didn’t appreciate it much till I lived on my own and took my first job.
“Manners are not only important at the dinner table,” she added, “but also during a job interview. I’ve been on both sides of the desk and I know how annoying it is when a job candidate jingles pocket change, chews gum—even quietly, and stares over the employer’s shoulder.”
This experience made Paulette more aware of her own manners when she was being interviewed for a position as Head Nurse at a local hospital. “Sweaty palms, a racing heart, and a dry mouth can distract you, but none are reasons to forget your manners,” said Paulette.
Here is the etiquette she practiced before, during, and after her interview at the hospital.
Arrived ahead of time. It may be fashionable to come late to a dinner party but it’s poor form to walk into an interview after the established time. Plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes early so you can find parking, visit the rest room if necessary, and sit quietly before being called.
Maintained good eye contact. Paulette knew how important it was to make eye contact with the interviewer—to show her ability to do the same with the nurses she’d be supervising if she won the job.
Listened well. “As a nurse, it’s vital that I listen—to patients, to doctors, to other nurses and attendants,” said Paulette. What better place to practice that skill than during an interview. It may help to have a small notepad and pen in your hand. You might even tell the interviewer ahead of time that you’ll be taking notes because you don’t want to miss anything. That too, is a sign of good manners.
Expressed appreciation. At the close of the interview, Paulette shook hands, and shared her gratitude for the time and information she received. “Everyone likes to be acknowledged and thanked,” said Paulette. And finally show your manners by sending a personal thank you card or note in your own handwriting.
Practice old-fashioned manners and you’ll be among the first job hunters who demonstrate what really matters—being polite, kind, interested, and equipped to do the job in question.
This worked for Paulette. It can work for you too.
© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
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Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new “Secret Career Document” job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job Search Secrets.”
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