Many unemployed job seekers today spend months trying to identify and interest prospective employers by cold calling, fine tuning resumes and utilizing job sites and hiring agencies. Once the hard fought effort to obtain an interview is won, job seekers must not sabotage their chances through inappropriate or unprofessional behavior. Many of the unemployed lose out on positions they are qualified for because of their lack of interview etiquette.
What does this interview etiquette mean exactly? First of all, always dress appropriately. Do not show up for an interview in jeans, shorts, leggings, t-shirts, torn or wrinkled clothing. Business casual is usually the safe rule of thumb. Cologne is not a good idea as there are some that are allergic to the scent. Proper bathing and hygiene, including clean fingernails, should be standard. You want to show the hiring manager that you have enough respect for the position and company to present yourself appropriately. First impressions do matter.
Always be prepared by having your resume and pen on hand. Know the name of the hiring manager you are meeting and some details of the company you wish to work for. This will allow you to ask questions at the end of the interview. Hiring managers want to know that you are in fact interested enough by doing your homework on the company.
During the interview, try to appear relaxed with a pleasant expression. It is natural to feel nervous but keep eye contact and try not to tap or fidget. This can be pretty distracting for a hiring manager and you will want to be remembered for your skills and expertise not nervous mannerisms.
It is NEVER appropriate to swear or lie during an interview. Candidates have a tendency to embellish as they want to look good, but often times this will backfire. Hiring managers are pretty adept at ferreting out details and if you are not truthful, this will become apparent and lose you the opportunity to be hired. Swearing is plain unprofessional and inexcusable.
Candidates can often have a tendency to bad mouth previous employers. It is understood that people leave jobs for a lot of reasons, many unpleasant. Bad mouthing a previous employer or coworker shows a lack of professionalism and speaks to character and maturity. Negative employment situations can be explained without the finger pointing or blame.
There is plenty of competition for the open jobs that are available right now. Following the above interview etiquette tips may not guarantee you will get hired, but ignoring them will certainly insure that you do not. Using proper behavior skills and having the right qualifications are the best mix for interviewing success.