Etiquette Tip: Employers tell all

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Just when you thought your interview was over… some employers or potential clients are watching you out the window all the way to the parking lot. Some are watching before you come in.

Here are some actual quotes from employers about what they saw:

“He was on his cell phone as soon as he walked out the door. I assume he was calling his mom to tell her how his interview went.”
“I spotted our candidate touching up her make up and putting on lipstick, using her car window as a mirror.”
“Before getting into his car he took off his jacket and his tie… then his shirt… and then his t-shirt. It was like watching Magic Mike.”
“She got into a screaming match with someone over a cab outside our building.”
“We could see inside his car — he was not as organized as his resume said.”

Often, a hiring manager will ask the receptionist or office assistants for their first impressions of an interview candidate. Sometimes it’s like the movie Gladiator. The assistant extends a hand in judgement, followed by a big “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” Thumbs down means that candidate is toast.

April 22 is Administrative Professionals Day. That’s a good time to remind everyone to be nice to everyone on the way in to an interview or meeting and on the way out — especially administrative professionals. And know that the interview isn’t over until you are off the property and out of sight.

Thanks to the Culture and Manners Institute for the tips!

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