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Aspinal’s Guide to Interview Etiquette

Although a change of role can be exciting, there are often several stages in applying for and securing a new job. The most common and important one is the face-to-face interview which provides you with a chance to meet and impress your potential future employer. Whether you are applying for an office job, a sales role or a high-ranking director's position, navigating an interview successfully can often be a mine field. To give you some help, we've put together our Aspinal guide to easy interview etiquette:

Sensible styling

One of the first things an interviewer will notice when you walk in a room is your outfit so it's important that it's suitable for the occasion. Unless the company you are interviewing for has a clearly defined dress code, it's safest to opt for smart casual attire. Instead of formal tailoring, opt for something more dressed down such as chinos, a shirt and a blazer if you're a man, and a blouse and a skirt if you're a woman. Never go to an interview wearing jeans, keep your necklines demure, make sure your clothes are ironed and ensure your shoes are polished.

Good Manners

Beyond the obvious of being polite and inoffensive, there are many other ways to practise good manners in an interview. Begin by greeting your interviewer with a firm handshake and addressing them by name when you enter the room. Except a beverage if they offer, and try to avoid talking over them or spending too long answering a question. If you have a mobile phone with you, make sure it is on silent and never look at it during your interview.

Perfect Punctuality

Turning up late, even with good reason, is always inexcusable. If you expect bad traffic or disrupted public transport routes, factor this in to your travel arrangements or have a contingency plan. Try to arrive around fifteen minutes early so you have time to use the bathroom, have a glass of water, read over your notes and generally collect yourself before your interview.

Finishing Touches

When in the interview room, remember that your interviewers will be focusing on small things like your body language. Make sure you aren't slouching in your chair, you maintain eye contact with whoever is speaking, and remember to smile. There are a few things you'll need to consider as your interview starts to draw to a close too. Firstly, make sure you have some questions prepared as this will show that you are serious about the position and eager to know more. Secondly, ensure you write to your interviewer to thank them for their time. This can either be an email but a written letter shows more effort.

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