Asking or being asked the right questions is not the only aspect that can make a job interview successful; etiquette also play a part in it.
Making an impression count and can affect the results. What to say, wear, and bring can communicate volumes of the kind of interest people have for the position.
Here are some job interview etiquette tips that can have a lasting impact on the interviewer:
1. Dressing for the job interview
First impression lasts, and it is a common idea that works all the time. The kind of image projected to the interviewer will be the one that sticks and can affect his/her decision for hiring. This is why it is important to dress appropriately.
Formal business attire is good enough for a professional air, but if the workplace is in a casual environment, a tidy and well-groomed appearance can count.
2. Being on time
It is important to arrive at the interview location a couple of minutes early before the scheduled time. Not only does it say a lot about interest and punctuality in the job, but it can give opportunities to prep up. Fixing the hair and staying calm can lessen the stress brought about by the pressure of getting interviewed.
3. Bringing the necessary things
Coming in prepared can save a lot of time. The things that should be brought to a job interview are a list of references and extra copies of the resume. The interviewer may need these for more information. When applying for a position that requires samples, such as writing, web designs, and the like, these should be brought as well.
A portfolio can thoroughly measure the person’s capabilities for a certain career/job. The only things that should not be brought to the interview are food and drinks. Cell phones should also be turned off to avoid disruption.
4. Greeting the interviewer
When finally meeting the interviewer, greet him/her with a firm handshake and a brief introduction. Some small talks can be exchanged for better rapport. Following the interviewer’s lead can make for a smooth conversation, and important discussions can later take their course.
5. Responding to interview questions
Answering interview questions is the most important part of the process. Many other applicants are selling themselves as best candidates for the position, so it is important to highlight the skills and relevant experiences that can be assets to the company. Responses should be direct and related to what has been asked. Interviewers want to find out what contributions can be made to the company if ever they decide to hire you.
6. Closing the interview with a word of thanks
Towards the end of the interview, the employer may or may not ask if you have questions. Either way, the closure is an opportunity to tell him/her about your interest in the job.
It is also important to thank the interviewer for taking the time to interview you. This is the chance where you can ask about the next hiring process, the company’s vision and mission, and its culture to better familiarize with it. This can emphasize your willingness to take on the position.
Knowing the common courtesy in interviews is a learning experience that does not only stop at the interviewing process. It also applies to the actual workplace. A good presentation and attitude is a job criterion, and a show of positivism and interest has always been the appeal.
The best candidate is always the one who comes prepared and is confident with the skills that can benefit the company in the long run. With you as an applicant having done your share, how can the company itself help you grow professionally?
The interview is a two-way street, and by the end of it, it is your turn to ask questions.