Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Interview Etiquette - Before, During & After

There are many factors that leave a good impression in a job interview but It's foolish to think if we have the experience and skills, we've landed the job.  Of course it's important but there are other things that are considered. How you present is everything.  You can look good on paper (resume), but if you're lacking in presentation, personality or character, you won't be leaving the best impression at all.  In recruiter's terms we call these "soft skills".  You can't change your personality but you can always brush up on proper interview etiquette. 

Interview Etiquette Tips (for starters):

  • Never keep an interviewer waiting (see earlier post, "Do You Know The Time Of Day?")
  • Don't smoke just before the interview.  Lots of people are offended by the smell of smoke
  • Turn smart phone off 
  • Don't be more than 10 minutes early for an interview.  An interview is scheduled at a specific time for a reason
  •  Always bring a resume even if it was sent electronically (bring an extra one in case another person is called into the interview unexpectedly)
  • Research company (you'll be asked, "Why do you want to work here?")
  • Be prepared (review resume, know your story, and WHY HIRE YOU? answer)
  • Dress appropriately (see earlier post, "Dress For Success")
  • Send thank you email within 24 hours

"If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot."
~Emil Cioran

"Good Night, And Good Luck"

Laura Rivchun

PS - If you have any questions about any of these tips, send me an email directly ( and we can discuss.  Also, if you have any unusual interview stories you'd like to share with me, I'd love to hear about them.  



  1. If any of my clients wanted to schedule private coaching with you about any of these issues, do you have any programs you're offering?

    Thanks for all your valuable info!

  2. Hi Susan,

    I'm currently offering a program entitled "How To Ace The Interview". It covers all aspects of the job interview including how to put together a compelling elevator pitch, how to sell yourself and your unique qualities, how to answer tough interview questions and much more.

    I can also taylor a program designed for a client's particular needs.

    If you have a client that might be interested in learning more about this program or my coaching services, please have them email me at

    Thank you for your interest!