Minding your Manners in a Health Career Interview
- Article by:Health Career Center
Good manners are never a bad thing — and that’s especially true for job interviews. Yet so many jobseekers forget that a strong dose of politeness during the interviewing process can be just as valuable a strong résumé.
At HealthCareerCenter.com, we want to ensure that you have every advantage when it comes to building the career of your dreams. So today, we’re bringing you six helpful job search etiquette tips from U.S. News and World Report.
Read them, remember them, practice them. Soon, you’ll be able to turn interviewing into an art form.
1. Follow up with people who help you.
When someone helps you land a meeting with a potential employer, you naturally want to make it up to them. A common way of doing that is by resolving not to bother them with news about how the meeting went.
But if someone cares enough to help you, they probably care enough to want to know how it worked out. Be sure to tell them, even if it’s just through a quick email.
2. At lunch and dinner meetings, order wisely.
Restaurant interviews often have an informal feel to them. Still, resist the urge to let your guard down. Adding food to an interview situation doubles the chances you’ll commit an unwanted faux pas.
Avoid ordering anything that could drip down your face, spill in your lap, or explode onto your shirt. That can include everything from the soup of the day to the giant hamburger special. If they’re really just that irresistible, you can always come back and try them on your own later.
3. Give your references plenty of advance notice.
When you list someone as a reference, it’s common courtesy to give them a heads-up so they expect the call. If you can find out the questions your interviewer will ask them beforehand, even better.
The idea is to help ensure your reference isn’t caught off-guard. Not just because it’s a nice thing to do, but because it also gives them time to think about what they’ll say to make a good impression on your behalf.
4. Send everyone you met a thank-you note.
By everyone, we mean everyone you spoke to for more than a few moments. Even if the person in question appears to be at the bottom of the organizational hierarchy, you never know what kind of influence they have over the company’s decision-makers.
You don’t necessarily have to send a thank-you to the receptionist, unless you’re confident they’ll remember you. But when in doubt, sending one is the safe move.
5. Take the time to build real relationships.
Professional relationships are just like personal relationships: quality matters more than quantity. In many cases, a true connection with a single person can be worth a thousand “connections” on social media.
It’s all about giving as much as you hope to get. So before you ask someone to help you find an opening, offer your help first. Soon enough, you’ll both reap the rewards.
6. Keep it professional. Always.
Lastly, remember the tried-and true interview rules: Don’t talk bad about past employers. Don’t use foul language. And don’t delve too deeply into your personal life (especially your personal problems).
Some experts say you should avoid talking about your personal life altogether, while others think it’s fine if it offers an opportunity to bond over mutual interests with your interviewer. Do whatever feels right to you; just know that a little goes a long way.
For more help preparing for your next interview, visit HealthCareerCenter.com today. In addition to choice positions with thousands of employers across the country, we can also provide you with career advice and resources that are tailored to your unique position.
The information in this article originally appeared on the U.S. News & World Report website. To read the original article, click here.