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Respectfully Yours: Job interview

Friday, July 5, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST Special to The Press in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have a job interview coming up and it’s really important to me that I do well. I would really love to land this job. What are some etiquette tips and ways I can prepare for my interview?

Dear Reader,

Impressing the interviewer and landing the job you want is not just about your skills and experience.

The interviewer will be looking at the whole package, not just your qualifications, but your overall presentation. During a job interview, you will basically be selling yourself.

Appropriate job interview etiquette will give you a greater chance of convincing the interviewer to “buy” you and what you have to offer. Even seasoned, well-oiled interview machines know there are behaviors that will help make you stand out.

Show up at the right time: not late, and not too early. This shows your conscientiousness when it comes to time-management skills. It also shows respect for the interviewer and his or her time.

Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the interview. This gives you the right amount of time to get your bearings together and accustom yourself to the environment before you face the person who will interview you.

Stand rather than sit as you wait to go in. This is a great technique proven by researchers to improve confidence and your ability to make a strong impression.

Before entering the room, turn off your cell phone. You have to remember that this is a job interview and there should be nothing more important than the interview itself. Do not put your cell phone on vibrate. Turn off the phone.

Be mindful of your body language. Walk confidently, smile, make friendly eye contact, and give a firm handshake. Be well-mannered, use positive body language and present yourself confidently. Greet everyone politely, including the receptionist.

The end of the interview is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Asking questions shows that you are interested in the job.

End the interview on a good note. Say “Thank you for your time” instead of just “Thank you.”

Lastly, be sure to send a thank-you note.

It pays to always be on your best behavior. Make it a way of life, not just during job interviews. If you do, then practicing job interview etiquette will come easily and naturally to you.

Respectfully Yours,


Have a question? Email: Jacquelyn Youst is owner of the Pennsylvania Academy of Protocol. She is on the board of directors of the National Civility Foundation.

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