If you want to stand out among the rest, you have to take note of some finer points of etiquette when it comes to job searching. Minding your manners while applying and interviewing for jobs is always a plus.
To help, here are some good job search manners you may want to practice:
1. Arrive on time.
Make sure to get to the office on time but not too early. Showing up too early can be perceived as rude. You may be making the interviewer feel obligated to go out and greet you well before the interview. A specific time was set for your interview, and it’s important to honor it.
2. Address all the interviewers.
If you are in a panel interview, always make it a point to address your answers to all panel members. Don’t make some of the interviewers feel left out. Focusing on one interviewer only will be seen as evidence of poor judgment.
3. Never be pushy.
No matter how much you need a job, don’t let your eagerness ruin your chances. Leaving multiple phone messages to get attention will only leave a negative impression. If you don’t want to come across as an aggressive applicant, practice patience when it comes to waiting for results.
4. Don’t Google to the extreme.
There is nothing wrong with learning more about the person conducting your interview by using Google, but stick to professional boundaries. Don’t potentially creep out interviewers by sharing personal info you may have stumbled across.
5. Thank them.
After the interview, don’t forget to write a short thank-you note. Email thank-yous are sufficient. Traditional thank-you cards can leave a great impression.