11. • Firm, but not bone-crushing
• Lasts about 3 seconds
• Maybe "pumped" once or
twice from the elbow
• Is released after the shake,
even if the introduction
• Includes good eye contact with
the other person
12. Meeting andGreeting
• Who introduces who?
Traditionally, a man is always introduced to a
woman. Not necessarily in business.
Highest person of rank is mentioned first.
Remember: “Big, may Iintroduce Small.”
Ayounger person is always introduced to an
It is helpful to include the persons title
Always state your name.
13. Before theinterview
1. Brush your teeth and use a mouthwash.
2. Your hair should be clean and combed.
3. Nails should be clean and trimmed.
4. Be conservative and err on the side of
caution. If the company does not have a dress
code, remember that it’s better to over dress
than under dress.
14. • Mencan look their professional best wearing one of
the many men suits available to you today. Shirts
should be clean and ironed. If in doubt, wear a classic,
• Women can look their professional best with
15. 5. Wear dress shoes. Your shoes should be
clean and/or shined.
6. Know the exact time and location of your
interview; know how long it takes to get
there, find a rest room to freshen up,etc.
7. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your
interview. The extra minutes will alsogive
time to fill out any forms or applications
that might be required.
8. If you have your cell phone, turn it off.
Do not put your cell phone onvibrate.
16. 9. Bring extra copies of your resume along
with a list of references to offer the
10. Treat other people you encounterwith
courtesy and respect. Their opinions
of you might be solicited during hiring
11. Enter the interviewer’s cabinwith
17. During theinterview
1. Make a positive and professional first
2. Listen to interviewer's name and the correct
3. Address your interviewer by title.
5. Stay calm.
6. Maintain good eye contact during the interview.
18. 7. Avoid cracking jokes with the interviewer.
8. Take a few notes during your interview.
9.Listen and pause before answering the question.
10.Respond to questions and back upyour
statements about yourself with specific
examples whenever possible.
11. Ask for clarification if you don't understand
12. Be thorough in your responses, while being
concise in your wording.
19. 13. Reinforce your professionalism and your ability
to communicate effectively by speaking
clearly and avoiding "uhm", "you knows", and
14. Be honest and be yourself.
15. Exhibit a positive attitude.
16. Treat the interview seriously.
17. Make sure you understand the employer's next
step in the hiring process.
20. After theinterview
1. Shake each interviewer's hand and thank each
interviewer by name.
2. Send a thank you note (not an e-mail) assoon
after the interview as possible.
3. Let go off the negatives. If you feel you have said
or done during the interview which you would
rather have not, just let it go.
22. Before theMeal
• Confirm the location and time. Ask how you willrecognize
• If you are nervous about the setting, visit the restaurant
before the interview. Look at the menu - brush up onthe
correct pronunciation of the items on the menu and the
correct dining etiquette for eating thoseitems.
• Turn off your cell phone before entering therestaurant
and leave it off.
• Dress professionally (even if the restaurant iscasual).
• Bring copies of your resume and a pen and notepad.
23. • Follow the steps you would normally take to get readyfor
an office interview. Research the company, practice your
responses to interview questions, and prepare a list of
questions you have for the interviewer.
• Arrive early to visit to the restroom to tidy up. Take afew
minutes to relax before theinterview.
24. Dining Etiquettetips
• Ifthere is more than one person interviewing you,allow
everyone to sit and then put your napkin in yourlap.
• Order something that is easy to eat. Ifin doubt,order
what the interviewer iseating.
• Don't order alcohol.
• Donot change your order or send foodback.
• Be polite to servers. Say "please" and "thankyou."
25. During theMeal
• Focus on the interviewer even if the restaurant isnoisy
and full of distractions.
• Avoid discussing religion, politics, or anything else that
might be controversial.
• Although the setting might be casual, don't becometoo
familiar with the interviewer. Remainprofessional.
• Try your best to remain relaxed and stay confident.
Remember that the company believes you can do thejob.
26. After theMeal
• As the interviewee, you have no responsibility for thebill,
but be sure to thank your host for themeal.
• Ask for your host(s) business card(s) if you havenot
already received them.
• Leave on a positive note by expressing your interestin
• Write the host a "thank you note."
Sit up straight, and lean slightly forward in yourchair.
Show your enthusiasm by keeping an interested
Establish a comfortable amount of personal space
between you and the interviewer.
Limit your application of colognes and perfumes.
29. Ifyou have more than one person interviewing you at
once, make sure you briefly address both people with your
gaze (without looking like a tennis spectator) and return
your attention to the person who has asked you aquestion.
Interruptions can happen. Ifthey do, refrain from staring
at your interviewer while they address their immediate
business and motion your willingness to leave if theyneed
Stand up and smile even if you are on a phoneinterview.
× Rubthe back of your head or neck.
× Rubor touch your nose.
× Sit with your arms folded across yourchest.
× Cross your legs and idly shake one over theother.
× Lean your body towards the door.
31. × Slouch back in your seat.
× Stare back blankly.
× Bite your lips or nails.
× Cross your arms.
× Tap your feet.
32. × Clear your throat repeatedly.
× Put your hands on your pocket.