Did you know that there was such a thing as Interview Etiquette? If you have heard of it, do you know what it is?
What does Interview Etiquette say about returning to the workplace after an extended absence?
Have a convincing statement about your goals or intentions of staying in the work force after being away for a period of time – this is best done by scripting and practicing your answer so that you feel confident saying it in the interview.
Interview Etiquette advises that you make sure that you are up-to-date on changes that have occurred in your field during your absence.
This may entail taking a brush up class or course. It is important that you be able to show that you can “hit the ground running,” particularly with so many candidates to choose from in this economy.
Do some research; use the Internet to discover what is required in the type of position you are seeking. This displays great Interview Etiquette
Job postings are “wish lists” that employers put together in the hope of finding the perfect candidate. Use these postings to see what employers are seeking and make sure that your resume and your interview answers address the employer’s “wishes”
Focus on your strengths – Interview Etiquette says to highlight the skills that you have used in the past.
Think of five skills that you consider you do “best.” If your strengths are in sync with the employer’s wish list, emphasize your ability and past experiences using those skills to show that you have “been there and done that” and can do it again.
Send a follow up letter (or email) after the interview to remind the interviewer what you would bring to the position and to address any concerns that you may have picked up on during the interview.
Interview Etiquette for changing careers when you have little or no experience in your new career
These skills include communication skills, ability to work with a diversity of people, ability to plan and organize, time management, etc.
Each candidate is unique. Interview Etiquette says you need to be clear on and be able to articulate what makes you unique?
Think about your personality and your personal traits. One of the things that the interviewer is looking for is “someone to fit in” – who is likeable – who will work well with the other team members.
Personal traits could be the tie breaker between two equally qualified people. Think of at least five personal traits that make you unique – friendly, flexible, quick learner, reliable, responsible, easy to get along with.