Job Search Etiquette

We all know the job search can be one of the most stressful experiences in our lives, especially if you are without a paycheck and living week to week. Even in the face of seemingly insurmountable anxiety, it pays to retain a strong etiquette in your search.

This includes remaining positive during your interactions with hiring managers, interviewers and even in everyday engagements. You never know where your next job lead is going to come from – the gym, the grocery story or even your child’s school are plausible places – so it’s a good idea to be respectful and courteous to all those you come in contact with.

The Positive Interview

Every interview can have a few curveballs thrown in. Whether it’s an odd question or last-minute scheduling change, interviewers will be assessing how you handle the situation to learn more about your personality. In fact, some companies build in these types of challenges just to test you!

When you do get called in for an interview, it’s important to keep your answers focused, make consistent eye contact and remain calm under pressure. Be sure to have a couple of company-focused questions ready for your interviewers too. This shows initiative and that you’re genuinely interested in the company.

Show Your Appreciation

Adhere to this model for post-interview outreach to optimize your chances of making it further along in the hiring process:

  • Draft a brief, half-page thank you document that mentions your specific interaction with your interviewers. This can include a project or achievement you mentioned in your interview and how it relates to the prospective job.
  • Also in the document, be grateful and offer your appreciation for the company extending and conducting the interview.
  • Copy, paste and send your “thank you note” in the body of an email to your main contact with the company.
  • Avoid any further follow-up, as you don’t want to be considered an inconvenience to a busy hiring manager. Be patient and wait for contact – and feel confident that you have left a positive impression of yourself.
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