Setting up the interview is tough, preparing for the interview and making sure that you are following proper interview etiquette when you get to the office can be even harder for some people. Emotions and adrenaline can get the best of you during this time. Stop and relax, remember first impressions can make or break the interview. With that in mind we thought it might be good to address some of the common interview issues we have had in our office. Please remember when going to an interview you need to put forth a professional demeanor. These tips below will help you achieve that!
There is a difference between being punctual and showing up too early. I would not suggest showing up to an interview more than 10-15 minutes early. It seems to be quite common that people show up 30 minutes to an hour before their scheduled interview. There is a reason the interview was booked for a certain time. Arriving early comes off as rude, as if your timeline is more important than the interviewers. In a small office, such as our own, it can be awkward to have someone sitting in our waiting area for so long. It is understandable that public transportation does not always allow people such lenience when it comes to timelines, however if you are that early and going to just be sitting in the waiting room, why not go for a coffee? There aren’t many places in the city that are not within five minutes of a coffee shop. Besides, you deserve a treat! It isn’t always easy to get an interview.
Bringing other people with you does not make a good impression. Being independent is a trait that employers value; bringing other people with you does not display independence. It does not matter if it is a friend, family member, child, or the person who drove you to the interview. It looks very unprofessional. If you cannot handle an interview on your own, why would an employer think you would be able to handle a position in their company on your own? There is no excuse for this. If it is a friend or family member, meet them somewhere after the interview. If it is your child, get a baby sitter. If it is your driver, have them wait in the car.
Hygiene and dress are important. Always treat an interview as an occasion to get dressed up. I don’t mean ball gowns and tuxedos, but dress pants and a button up shirt or sweater is always acceptable. Pay attention to detail. Do a once over with a lint brush, and look for any other potential issues (like stains, snags, and dangling threads). Make sure to be extra careful when doing your daily routine: brushing your teeth, doing your hair, etc. Do not forget deodorant and please don’t be afraid to pop a breath mint a few minutes before the interview.
Show a little personality. We understand that people get nervous and can get really shy or overly chatty, but it is essential for the interviewer to get a sense of your personality so don’t be afraid to laugh, smile, and be yourself. Apart from just being qualified, an employer wants to make sure that you will be a good fit for their current team and corporate culture.
As I said before, first impressions will decide who is successful and who is not. Why chance the job on a small etiquette issue. Good Luck in your future interviews!