Friday, January 27, 2006

Interview Don’ts

As with most weeks, I’ve observed some good behaviors and bad behaviors in my office. Some of the items in the don’t-do-this category, frankly, seem obvious. But, evidently, they not obvious to everyone, which is why I decided to even mention the following foibles witnessed first hand.

So, here we go. In an interview don’t—
1. Allow your cell phone to ring. Check and recheck to make sure the ring tone’s turned off. Otherwise, you may inadvertently create your own version of a stress interview.
2. Use excessive informality. I’ve mentioned this before in a posting on email etiquette. But the principle holds when addressing a potential boss as well. Hey-dude and similar colloquialisms won’t reflect well on your ability to transition from college to work. So my suggestion is to practice this semester with your professors. Use them as your bosses-in-residence, deferring and showing respect as a way of life.
3. This one’s aimed primarily at females—don’t reveal excessive skin. That’s up above, i.e. cleavage, and down below, namely mid-thigh length skirts. 

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 01/27 at 04:21 PM
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