Updated: Feb 13
It’s a New Year and some of us have set our goals to grow our bank accounts, obtain new employment opportunities, or work for the promotion. Either way it’s a great idea to brush up on these etiquette basics.
Follow these rules for making all the right moves before, during, and after the interview, and you’re sure to shine.
Remember prior to speaking the first impression is the way you are dressed. Often we are seen before we are heard. Keep it professional and take into consideration the Position in which you are interviewing for.
There are several questions that you’re pretty much guaranteed to be asked during The interview: “Why do you want to work for this company” is a popular question. Be prepared to answer with confidence.
review the company’s website and Google its key players. Find out who you’ll be interviewing with and learn something about them, Casually mention company expansions, awards, etc. during the conversation. Present yourself as a candidate who has done their homework and is genuinely interested in the company.
4. Firm Handshake When meeting the interviewer be sure to give a firm handshake and make eye contact with a smile
The proper, professional way to shake is using the entire hand, extending your arm (first if possible) for a firm, but not overbearing grip, while rolling the index finger around the bottom of the other person’s hand. Use your best judgement with the grip and firmness (u don’t want to squeeze someone’s hand) Practice with a friend if handshakes are not natural for you.
5. Ask Questions
Keep in mind that the job interview is a two-way street. It’s an opportunity for you to sell yourself to the company, but also to learn more about the workplace to see if the position and environment are a good fit for you. Ask questions about employee morale in the work environment, company turnovers, You want to make sure the environment is conducive to your growth.
6. Send a Thank You
Thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity to learn more about the company immediately after the interview is over. Follow up with an email.
side notes: always have a healthy nutritional breakfast prior to the interview keep it light. Arrive 15- 30 minutes early. (Never be late for an interview) Meditate prior to entering the building to keep your energy high and your mind clear. Avoid any bad news. Trust your intuition if an opportunity feels wrong for you it probably is.
Be confident, be yourself, and you’ll shine.
-Keiana Armani Jackson