Job Interview Etiquette
One of the most important things for a job applicant to remember is that the interviewer has the ability to decide whether an individual will get the job or not. This is important because a job applicant that is more qualified for a particular position than any other candidate may still fail to get the job if the interviewer doesn't like the applicant. As a result, it is essential for a job applicant to try to maintain a certain level of mutual trust and respect with his or her interviewer. In most cases, this simply means that an individual should follow a few simple rules of job interview etiquette.
The first rule of etiquette that an individual should follow is "don't interrupt the interviewer." Most people do not like to be interrupted while they are talking so it is usually a good idea to let the interviewer finish what he or she is saying before you offer your own insight. This will allow you to listen to the interviewer more carefully and give the interviewer a chance to say what he or she is attempting to say. The second rule of job interview etiquette that an individual should follow is "stick with the truth." This rule is important because there may be instances in which it may seem like exaggerating your education, experience, and/or skills will help your case. However, interviewers typically have access to information about your background and your previous employers so these lies may be more dangerous than they might seem. As a result, it is usually a good idea to be as truthful as possible because you won't get the job if the interviewer catches you lying.
The third rule of job interview etiquette that an individual should follow is "leave your electronics behind." This rule goes back to the fact that people do not like to be interrupted so cell phones, iPods, PDAs, and other similar devices that may ring or sound accidently may be more trouble in an interview than they are actually worth. It is important to note that if the interviewer told you to bring your PDA you should by all means bring it, but if the interviewer didn't tell you to bring it you should leave the PDA at home. Finally, the fourth rule of job interview etiquette is "let the interviewer lead." This is important because it's the interviewer's responsibility to lead a discussion in which a potential employer can learn more about you so you must allow the interviewer to lead the discussion whenever possible.
Last Updated: 05/23/2014