Tips for Interviews: Interviewing Etiquette [Infographic]

job interview etiquetteInterviewing for a new job is rarely easy, precisely because performing and behaving well likely means the difference between getting the job and not. After all, it's your resume that got you the interview to begin with, and if you blow the in-person Q & A, well that's just one less chip in your pile.

Preparing to be interviewed, however, can be daunting, precisely because you may not be aware of the kinds of questions that will be asked or how long the interview will take. Then there's what to wear. (We'll cover that next.)

That said, there are some things you can do to ensure you're as prepared as possible. First, do a little research to familiarize yourself with the hiring company and the person with whom you're interviewing.

Having some knowledge of the the firm and interviewer will help keep the ball rolling during lulls in the conversation, says Tamryn Hennessy, national director of career development at Rasmussen College, which has campuses in five states and offers courses online.

"If you are not prepared and you face a difficulty in an interview, it can really strip all of your confidence," leaving you less able to lead the conversation, Hennessy told AOL Jobs in an interview.

"The more you prepare in advance the more you will be able to regain your composure," she says, should you lose your train of thought while answering a question.

The college's office of career services also advises that job seekers boost preparedness by bringing along copies of their resumes and other pertinent papers and, of course, be on time. Leave early if you must to ensure promptness. And, be sure to silence your cellphone when you arrive -- merely placing your device on vibrate isn't enough.

To guarantee that you make the best impression possible during the interview, check out these and other etiquette tips compiled by Rasmussen College's placement experts.

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Jason Robinson

After getting to the final round of numerous job interviews I just knew I had to alter my preparation. I was spending too much time on my qualifications and not enough on the behavioral side of the interview. After trawling the net for books and advice I came across " The Complete Job Interview Preparation Course" DVD on Amazon. The change in my preparation was immediately noticeable both to myself and the interviewer as I am now gainfully employed in my chosen profession of finance, Highly Recommended

September 14 2011 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That makes a lot of sense dude. Wow.

September 12 2011 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

More bull to get the employer off the hook. Don't you think someone is being fussy when like 20 things listed? Interviewing and hiring is way too subjective to be that critical. We are not talking about science here, it is an artform. Different personalities, different styles, there is no right or wrong in many cases.

September 12 2011 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melanie Long

I worked for a software company rght out of high school, my boss interviewed me over a nice dinner at one of my fav places. We chatted about a lot of things before ordering, but nothing to do with the job itsself. I learned the reason why after our meal came to the table, She reviewed resumes before the interview and decided if that person was "right" for the job, but her final decision was not made until there food was in front of them. Her objective.....Do they try the food before salting it? If they do, sorry no job. She said it shows they expect the worse and just do what they want. If they try the food first, it showed they are illing to try new things and act accordeling. ;)

September 12 2011 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe it's just me, but a business interview over dinner at a restaurant just does't seem right. To me, it's akin to taking a bath in the middle of a tennis court during a tournament. I just feel that a bathtub with an occupant doesn't belong in the middle of a tennis court and an interview doesn't belong in a restaurant. Why do businesses do this? Is it to throw the person being interviewed off balance? Are you being interviewed for a business position or a social position? Why would they ask you to go through the machinations of ordering and eating a dinner while you are fielding questions upon which your possible future employment balances? Is it to see if you can proverbially walk and chew gum at the same time? Is this an omen of the future? Are you going to be asked to eat a dinner at your desk while working?

September 12 2011 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harry Hurt

Another food to avoid is spaghetti. Even though it is eaten with a fork, it is almost always messy. Winding it on your fork is considered inappropriate by some. Also avoid soup. It is too easily slurped, and may drip on your tie.

September 12 2011 at 1:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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