One thing we’ll be discussing at Man Camp 2012, is job interview etiquette. Lots of young men (or older men…and women) don’t know the proper job etiquette needed or necessary to be considered for employment by any employer.
Now the basics:
- Firm handshake
- Direct eye contact
- Sitting up straight
But most don’t know about this:
Do not use slang, as it transmits a feeling of informality that puts you at a disadvantage. A job interview is not a casual conversation, so don’t relax too much. During a job interview, don’t talk about personal issues, your family or what you did last weekend, even if the other person does.
Avoid criticizing former employers. No matter how horrible they may have been to you in real life, just be polite. If asked about them, just give a general, non-committal answer, and then move on to another subject.
Ask questions. The key here is to make sure you have an actual conversation. Prepare some questions in advance, so you are prepared to keep the conversation going, and use the time to show the other person you are engaging and interesting.
Also, research the company and the job description. Focus on the turn around. Is it worth applying for? Can you see yourself stepping into a long-lasting career? Is there room for growth? Does the company offer any benefits? Can you deliver up to the company’s expectations?
It can seem intimidating, but it’s important to know these things first before you agree to set up an interview with a potential employer.
So, clean off your photobook on Facebook and Twitter/Instagram and make your calls! Good luck!