Interview Tips To Get That Job
Interview Tips Part 1: About Interview Behavior
Attire, body language and manners count during interviews. After all, interviewers are regular people like the rest of us, easily impressed by good behavior and just as easily offended by inappropriate behavior. Yet, surveys show that job candidates’ interview manners and other professionalisms are on the decline. For example,
• According to Vault.com, nearly 80 percent of employers surveyed indicated that interviewees’ manners had declined. Some candidates surveyed thought that certain inappropriate behaviors were okay, like removing one’s shoes or bringing a pet.
• Among other bizarre behaviors, FacilitatorGuy reports that a candidate ate a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer’s office, and even wiped up ketchup with her sleeve. Another interrupted the interview to phone his shrink for advice on how to answer specific questions.
• Job Searching Guide Alison Doyle, who has also worked as a hiring, human resources representative, said that one of her interviewees unbuttoned his shirt and started to drop his drawers to show her the scar from a boat propeller, as proof that an unemployed period wasn’t his fault! Alison stopped him from mooning her and didn’t offer him the accounting job. She also didn’t offer it to “the young lady in a bright red skirt so short and tight, that she could hardly sit down!”
On the next pages are tips for acting professionally before, during and after interviews, to avoid offending interviewers and increase your chances of landing a job. (For more interview tips and other job-searching help, click on the links in the sidebar, under Related Resources.) These interview tips are based on good manners in the United States. Good manners are appreciated everywhere, but what constitutes them may differ among other countries.
You might think that some of the interview tips are no-brainers. If so, that’s good. It means that you are already on your way to completing successful interviews. But, as you’ve read above, weird stuff really does happen! Consequently, these interview tips try to cover it all.