If you are like a lot of job seekers out there, you’ve probably spent endless amount of hours sending out your resume and then you wait. Wait and wait to get that call for an interview. It seems like a losing battle at times but just as you are about to give up, you get that call you have been waiting for. Congratulations, finally someone has taken the time to recognize your skills, interview here you come.
The Interview is the most crucial part of the hiring process. This is where the employer assesses you in every way and where most people fail simply due to the lack of proper Interview Etiquette. Sure answering interview questions well is important but if you lack proper etiquette, no matter how strong your answers are, you will not get hired. There are many resources out there to help improve your interview manners but why not look at our favourite singing icons for advice?
1. Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it, strike a pose, there’s nothing to it. VOGUE – MADONNA:
Clearly attending an interview is not a fashion show by any means but it is important to always dress your best. Always dress for the job you want, not the job you have. As you may not be aware of the dress code of the company you are interviewing with, it is always better to overdress rather than be dressed to casual. No matter what position, it is never OK to wear jeans, flip flops or running shoes.
2. I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight,
I’ve never seen you shine so bright, – CHRIS DE BURGH
The employer will make a decision about you within 5 seconds of meeting you. It’s true, first impressions count. If you look messy, inappropriate or unorganized, an employer’s first thought might be that your work will be the same. Who wants to hire an unorganized mess??
3. “Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond” – RIHANNA
Perhaps don’t shine like a diamond at an interview. Big dangly jewelry, bright makeup or bright nail polish may be appropriate accessories for a night on the town but not for an interview. Too much bling is too much of a distraction. Keep it simple where the attention can be on you and what you have to say.
4. “It’s too late to apologize (it’s too late)” – ONEREPUBLIC
Don’t be Late! If you’re on time, YOU ARE LATE! On-time is actually being there 10 minutes early. When you are late, you give the impression that you do not have respect for the employer’s time. Map out your route in advance and do a trial run to figure out how long it will take you to get to the interview. This may seem like unnecessary work and it is certainly time consuming but this can make all the difference in the world. If you are late, you are NOT hired!.
5. I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar” – KATY PERRY
Do not look down and mumble. Unless you are 4 years old, mumbling and looking down at your shoes as if you’re in big trouble is not ok at a job interview. Not maintaining eye contact or talking too quietly indicates a lack of confidence. If an employer thinks you lack confidence in your answers and body language, they will definitely think you will lack confidence in your work. Remember, you have been selected for the interview, therefore the employer saw something in your resume that peaked their interest. They already think you can do the job, don’t deflate on them now. Stay strong, look them in the eye and tell them why YOU are the best person for the job.
6. “Ladies leave your men at home” – DESTINY’S CHILD
Do not bring your spouse, kids or pets to an interview. If for some reason someone needs to drive you to the interview, make sure they wait for you outside and not in the reception area of the company. Whoever is driving you will most likely not be professionally dressed and even if they are, it is not appropriate to have an entourage with you.
Interviews are both exciting and nerve-wracking. It is important to remember that as much as the employer is assessing you and your skills, you are also assessing them and the work environment. Be confident in yourself. Practice makes perfect so recruit a friend to practice your interview techniques. Research the company prior to your interview so that you come off knowledgeable and interested in the organization.
And in the event you do not get hired, just think Cher and say to yourself
“Cos I’m strong enough
To live without you
Strong enough and I quit crying
Long enough now I’m strong enough
To know you gotta go”