Following proper etiquette guidelines during an interview may be the difference between landing the job and starting the application and interview process over again for another position. In order to make sure you are making the best impression at an interview, follow these tips:
Pre-interview – Before you even sit down for the interview, there are several steps you should be taking. Researching the company and person interviewing you is important so that you not only understand what company you are trying to join, but also so that the interview never has a lagging moment. Prepare your resume and any other documents, such as a portfolio, that you want to bring with you so they are ready to go. Check for any traffic issues that may delay your travels to the interview so that you arrive a little bit early. Whatever you do, don’t be late. The moment you walk into the building for the interview, turn off your cell phone – switching it to vibrate is not enough. If you decided to chew gum to freshen your breath, spit it out before you forget. Don’t walk into the interview with it still in your mouth.
- See 6 Things to Never Do Before Interviews for more information.
- See 5 Things Not to Say during an Interview for more information.
- See Post Interview ‘Thank You’ Notes – Are They Necessary? for more information.
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