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Transcript of Interview Etiquette
1) Dress for the job you want
2) Shake hands
Firm, not tight
"Tell me a little bit about yourself"
In the interview
1) Make eye contact & smile :)
(3 vs 5)
2) Demonstrate good posture
Head up, shoulders back
Not leaning back in your chair
3) Speak loudly and clearly, have a positive attitude
Answer -> tell a story -> connect the dots
Did you know?
Most questions are designed to assess your skills, why you want the job, and your fit with the culture.
Etiquette dictates that legs should cross at the ankle and be tucked under the chair?
You don't have to answer illegal interview questions, such as questions about your age or religion?
Employers may ask you unexpected questions to test your reaction?
Clean, pressed, no holes
Dress shoes (shined)
Jackets or Cardigans
Skirts and Dresses
Slacks or Suits
Polos or Button-downs
Jackets or Vests
Slacks or Suits
Don’t wear anything you won’t be wearing to work
Avoid hats/scarves (unless worn for religious reasons)
“Rule of 5” or “The last thing”
Hem-lines to the knee
Heels less than two inches
Necklines not too low
Clothes tailored but not tight
Top buttons buttoned
No visible chest hair
Wear loud, edgy, or styled outfits
Forget to dress
Look at what your faculty / managers are wearing
(You don’t have to wear a suit or a tie)
Avoid heavy perfumes or cologne
Try not to eat again
Shave or trim facial hair
Try to avoid overly flashy hairstyles
Trim nails & keep to a reasonable length
Do!- Light & Natural
Don’t!- Dark & Dramatic
Before the interview
Review some common interview questions so that you can rehearse your answer
List your strengths & Weaknesses, goals & objectives
Decide on compromises
Research the program/job to come up with a list of questions you have to ask the interviewer
Get details about location (who to ask for, unique building features, suite/room, where it is, parking & costs, one way streets/cross streets, etc). Be polite to everyone.
Print a few copies of your application material or resume (including references)
Bring this with you to the interview with some blank paper and a pen or two in a nice folder or portfolio
1) Time t think
3) Panel interviews
4) Gr up interviews
5) Dining interviews
Stall for time with small talk
Repeat the question back
Ask for a moment to think
Arrive 10 minutes early
Take a deep breath
While waiting, flex and relax your muscles
While waiting, close your eyes and envision a relaxing scene or repeat a relaxing phrase to yourself
Make eye contact with the person asking the question
Shift eye contact to everyone present
Maintain an open posture to include everyone
Try to slant your responses toward group oriented projects and skills
May be assessing how you interact with others; be on your best behavior
Introduce yourself to the others
Don't forget to speak up and encourage others to if possible
Look at the speaker and give them your attention, don't just think about how you want to answer
Try to build on previous answer themes to demonstrate that you were listening
Questions you may want to ask
What makes you stay at this company?
How would my performance be measured?
What is the culture here like?
Questions about experiences
Journal & review
Keep copies of abstracts & review
Keep copies of previous job descriptions & review
Don’t be caught off guard by any initial informality
It isn’t unusual to be asked interview questions during the meal
At this later stage in the interview you should be ready to discuss your career path and, ideally, where you would like to head from this point forward
Be ready to answer some serious questions about your education, personality, and interest in the program (especially since this may be the only occasion that certain staff has to interact with you)
You should also be ready to describe strengths that have enabled you to add value in various projects and roles
Be prepared to cite specific examples or tell stories that demonstrate actions taken and results generated
Even if an interviewer seems very relaxed, they will take note of what you say and do as part of their assessment
So never say anything negative about a peer, former supervisor/instructor, or former employer
Keep things professional even if the interviewer seems “cool”; Don’t flirt!
Risks of dining interviews
Say please, thank-you, yes ma’am, & no sir
Don’t call the interviewer by a first name unless invited
Remember your basic table manners
Napkin on your lap
Try to avoid chewing and talking at the same time
Do not put your elbows on the table or slouch
Try to eat slowly and take small portions
Leave some food on your plate if you are served a large portion
More advanced manners
Order a mid-priced meal (ask for recommendations)
Don't be too indecisive or particular when ordering; don't complain about your meal
Avoid drinking alcohol or order messy items
Breads and meats
Be prepared to pay for your meal
Don’t forget your basic manners
The best approach is to prepare for the meeting in the same way that you should prepare for any interview
Brush up on your knowledge of the program and the profession
Arrive a few minutes early, dressed professionally
During less formal meetings, you don’t need to dress in a suit but you should wear at least “business casual” attire like slacks and a nice shirt or blouse
Bring some copies of your application or resume, and a portfolio with a pad (or folder with some clean paper), a list of questions, and pen so you can take notes
Interview meals may be group or group-panel interviews with more than one staff member and/or more than one student present
Make sure that you interact with the staff members equally regardless of whether s/he specializes in your area of interest since each will have input in the final decision
Make an effort to engage any other applicants in conversations since your teamwork and leadership will likely be evaluated as necessary patient care skills
Don’t take over the conversation, but try to include everyone the discussion
Regardless of whether your meal includes a formal interview, you will still be observed and your ability to engage others, listen, and converse will be assessed
Here are some tips to giving the best first impression:
One of the main reasons for dining style interviews is to evaluate applicants’ social skills.
Dining with a prospective applicant allows interviewers to assess your communication and interpersonal skills, which are a big factor in patient interactions.
One advantage of a less formal interview is that you can ask more questions earlier (as opposed to a formal interview, when that usually happens at the end)
In a dining interview, the beginning of the meeting is a time to get to know your interviewer and ask them some about the program or their own careers
Asking questions about patient populations and clinical placements will help you to develop a clearer idea about which of your assets might be the best to highlight if you are later asked about your career goals or what your strengths are
Dining interviews aren’t one sided. As well as responding to questions about yourself, ask questions, and carry on a conversation. They are an opportunity for the interviewer to get to know you and vice versa
Remember to try and relax, listen, and participate in the conversation with the interviewer and others
Meetings like this usually begin less formally and then shift to more standard interview types of questions
Follow the interviewer’s lead, but be prepared to make some small talk
Small talk might include reference to your semester, a significant (though noncontroversial) event in the day’s news, summer plans and so on
Benefits of dining interviews
The Most Important Thing!
Make sure they like you! Interviews are about finding the right fit for you and for the program!