Etiquette Rules during Job Interviews
During these tough economic times, many people are being laid off and having to go out into the job market and sell themselves. Many of these people have forgotten some of the basic elements to make a job interview a success. Here is a refresher, if you will. The following are a few things to remember to help make your interview a success.
One of the first things to remember, is the handshake. When you meet your interviewer, make sure that you shake their hand firmly. You don't want to apply too much pressure, as this would suggest to your interviewer that you think you are better than him. However, you don't want to give a weak handshake either, this would indicate you are not sure of yourself. Employers don't like to hire people that are uncertain of themselves and their abilities. They want someone who displays confidence. Think about it, would you want someone who doesn't have confidence in themselves to work for you? Of course not.
All right. Now you've made it past the handshake. Congratulations! Now, you are sitting in the dreaded interviewee's chair. You probably rather be fishing. But you're here, make the best of it. OK..What you need to remember at this point, is this. When the interviewer is talking to you, make sure you maintain eye contact. This is very important. You want your potential boss to know that you are a good listener and that your mind doesn't wander off in different directions. Of course, you want to periodically glance away for a split second and then back at interviewer. You don't want to give out a piercing stare that will scare your interviewer either! Use your judgment in this situation, but try to project an overall appearance that you are listening.
Alright now. You're made it this far! GREAT! You're still in the game! When you are asked questions, try elaborate a little on your responses. This shows that you are actually interested in the job and it suggests that you are not shy.
After it's all said and done, make sure you thank your interviewer for the opportunity to have been interviewed.