Interview Etiquette

INTERVIEW ETIQUETTE CHECKLIST: 10 Tips for the first impressions

First impressions are everything during an interview. and you get one chance to make a positive impact with a potential employer. Here are some tips that can come in handy for making the best first impression possible. Go through our checklist to see how prepared you are for the big day.

1. Dress Appropriately

It does not matter what type of job that you are applying for, you should always dress appropriately for the interview. Ties or dresses are not required but a nice shirt and pants are acceptable. Professional dress is not always required but if you are applying for office jobs or jobs where professional dress might be the everyday attire, then it would be wise to do so.


2. Clean Up

Make sure that your personal hygiene is up to par. Some employers will perceive how you present yourself as how you will work. Don’t let them draw the wrong conclusion because you forgot to brush your teeth or shower before the interview.


 

3. Make Eye Contact

Make sure that your personal hygiene is up to par. Some employers will perceive how you present yourself as how you will work. Don’t let them draw the wrong conclusion because you forgot to brush your teeth or shower before the interview.


4. Handshakes

Always shake their hand. It shouldn’t be a death grip or the “wet noodle” grip. It should be a firm but not squeezing grasp. The handshake should not be lingering but do not pull away either. Always offer a handshake when meeting and leaving the interview, and maintain eye contact during the encounter.


5. Be Confident

Always be confident and attentive. Never slouch in the chair, rest your face in your hands, or act sleepy in an interview. Remember that good posture will go a long way as well, as some interviewers read body language. If you are slouched in your chair. they may think that you are not that interested. This well turn an employer away quickly. If you are tired in an interview, what will you be like at work?


6. Research in Advance

Do your research and be knowledgeable of the position(s) that you are applying for. Ask questions. The interviewer doesn’t always have to be in complete control but remember. don’t let your questions overtake the interview .


7. Be Appropriate

Never use inappropriate language or slang terms. No one wants to hear bad language and slang terms can be confusing for the interviewer. Always use appropriate language and manners. Also remember to be aware of your tone, and avoid slandering past employers.


8. Leave Electronics Behind

Remember to leave your mobile phone or laptop in your vehicle. If you’re taking public transport remember to turn your devices off before entering the building. If someone is taking the time to interview you, you can give them the same time in return – especially if you are serious about a job. Your phone going off during an interview might leave the interviewer thinking that you can’t be without your phone.


9. Come Alone

Leave your entourage at home. You applied for the job for yourself. and you should come to the interview alone. Your family or friends are not going to work with you. It does not look good to employers if you cannot separate your personal life and your work life.


10. Don’t Get Personal

Finally if they ask you to tell a little about yourself, don’t get too personal and tell your whole life story. They want to know your hobbies and interests and a little about you as a person. Maybe mentic what you do for fun or just a bit about your family life. Once again, keep your personal life separate and the interview professional.


With these steps for interview success, we hope that you are able to make a great first impression on potential employers. Going through the checklist before an interview can make a big difference on our odds of getting a callback about a job good luck and keep hunting.