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job interview etiquette

Attending job interviews can be incredibly nerve-wracking and sometimes, confusing!

There are so many different job interview scenarios – group job interviews, panel job interviews, Skype job interviews, face-to-face formal job interviews…there are so many job interview options and you could find yourself attending a variety of them! And with each job interview there is always the ‘preparation’. But when it comes to job interview etiquette and preparation, there are a few rules that you should stick to (no matter the job interview scenario!) in order to impress the employer.

Here are our top tips to job interview etiquette which should hopefully help you win over an employer during your next job interview:

Be Punctual

Turning up to your interview on time or even early is one of the most important things when it comes to job interview day. Turning up and being punctual on job interview day will demonstrate that you are reliable and trustworthy – two personality traits that employers find desirable in candidates. If however you turn up late then your interview will not start on the best foot – the employer will automatically feel you are not that dedicated to the job interview and if they have only allocated a certain amount of time for your interview, it may even mean you won’t have that much time to impress them.

To avoid this ensure you set your alarm clock, get plenty of rest before the day and plan your journey. An employer won’t want to hear that you got the bus time-table wrong or that you were stuck in traffic – plan your route and ensure you turn up on time!

Dress Sense

During a job interview an employer will be judging you on first impressions so it’s crucial you make a good one! Dressing smart for a job interview will not only ensure a positive first impression but it will also demonstrate that you are genuinely interested in the job and the organisation. Ahead of your job interview consider looking at the company website and social feeds to get an idea of the company image to help you dress appropriately for the day. Researching the company before choosing an outfit is crucial – turning up to a job at Google in a shirt and tie may not be entirely appropriate but it would be the right choice if attending a job interview with a small, corporate company. Try to do as much research as possible to dress appropriately for the event.

Body Language

This is an area that many candidates don’t even consider but during a job interview an employer isn’t just listening to the questions and answers you are giving, they are looking at your overall body language to try and form an overall view of your character. A candidate’s body language during a job interview can tell an employer a lot about that candidates work attitude and motivation which is why it’s so important to get it right! Negative body language which could hinder your chances of securing a second job interview include folding your arms, turning away from the interviewer, making very little eye contact, yawning and raising your eyebrows. Before your interview you should practice your job interview body language to ensure you are representing yourself in the best possible light. Positive body language moves include smiling, maintaining eye contact, nodding and turning towards the employer to keep an open and friendly frame – practice it before you attend to help you build confidence.

Questions

During a job interview you will be answering a number of questions about the job role and your key skills but one of the main things to focus on during a job interview is also the questions you ask the employer. Many employers like candidates to ask questions during a job interview because it shows them that the candidate in question has done their research on the company and it also demonstrates that the candidate is genuinely interested in the role. To ensure you have plenty of questions to ask read through the job description and make notes based on the role and the responsibilities. Are there any responsibilities you need clarity on? Is there daily duty that you need more information about? Note down any questions you might have about the role. You should then look at the company website and write some questions based on the company’s history and overall ethos. Is there anything you want to ask about the future of the company? Is there anything you want to find out about the future goals and aspirations of the team you might be joining? Thinking about this before your interview will ensure you have plenty of questions to ask – which is important to helping you decide whether it’s the right job for you.


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