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Interview Etiquette

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Before the Interview

  1. Your hair should be clean and combed.
  2. Nails should be clean and trimmed.
  3. Dress conservatively. If the company does not have a dress code, remember that it's better to overdress than under dress.
  4. Arrive at least 10 minutes before your interview. The extra minutes will also give you time to fill out any forms or applications that might be required.
  5. Turn off your cell phone or pager.
  6. Don't assume that whoever greets you is the receptionist.

During the Interview

  1. Give a firm handshake to each interviewer and address each interviewer by name as he or she is introduced.
  2. Communicate effectively by speaking clearly and avoiding "uhs", "you knows", and slang.
  3. Be aware of your body language. Maintain good eye contact and posture no matter how nervous you are.
  4. Ask follow-up questions. Avoid questions about benefits, pay, and promotions until after you are offered the job.

After the Interview

  1. Shake each interviewer's hand and thank each interviewer by name.
  2. Send a thank you note as soon after the interview as possible.
  3. Make notes about what went well in the interview and what you need to improve for the next interview.

Look at each interview as practice for the next one.