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3 Interview Rules to Live By

30 Jun

Being a recent college grad, I’ve been on my share of interviews, which sadly ended there. From what I’ve been told is the standard interviewee etiquette, like being on time for interviews, looking attentive, and always following up.

Now during and after some of my interviews I’ve noticed that interviewers don’t follow the same standard, which in my own opinion would be nice if they did. Here are a few things that both interviewers and interviewees need to take into consideration:

  • Time–Everyone keeps a schedule and no matter who they are they like to keep to it. This being said an interviewer arriving late for an interview is wasting one person’s time and possibly a few other people. By making a company wait for you this gives a bad impression as to how you may be as a full time employee. On the other side, an interviewer making an interviewee wait is just as bad. I’ve actually experience and was kept waiting late in the afternoon for a half hour. Needless-to-say this is NOT something I enjoyed and neither would anyone else. This gave me a bad first impression for a company that already wasn’t so thrilled about and helped me really make up my mind about not wanting to work there. Bottom line: No matter who you are never keep someone waiting. It’s rude and very annoying!!
  • Focus–During the interview, look interested! I mean you did apply for this position for a reason and need to show the interviewer that you really do want the job. Pay attention to your body language because that definitely shows your eagerness and interest in the company. At the same time an interviewer needs to be aware of their body language. Being interviewed while the interviewer seems completely uninterested makes it hard to focus. Again I’ve experienced this and it threw me off from what I was saying about my experience. Bottom line: Be aware of your behavior to keep a positive attitude in the mind of who you are meeting with both interviewer and interviewee.
  • Responding–After every interview, it is standard to send a thank you note. Interviewers understand that sometimes because of time an email may be all they receive. However, if there is time, a handwritten note is still very much appreciated. No matter the form that you are sending a thank you, make sure that is personalized. Include some points discussed in the interview to show what you took away from the conversation. Now hopefully since you’ve taken the time to go to their office to meet with them and personalize a thank you note you’ll get a response on whether or not you’ve gotten the position. It’s definitely the worse sit around and wait for weeks wondering if you got the position, especially if they gave you a time frame of when they’d get back to you (which has passed). Bottom line: Remember to send the interviewer or interviewee either a thank you or an acknowledgment of the status on the position.

OK so as much as this was a blog post, it was also a way for me to blow off some steam. I’ve had all of these problems in interviews over the past couple of months. As a job seeker, I would like for interviewers to show the same level of respect as I show them. What are some horror stories you’ve experienced in the job hunt? Are there ways that we could point them out to interviewers while being polite?