November 9, 2022 | In Articles

10 Job Interview Etiquette

10 Job Interview Etiquette

A couple of days ago, I chanced upon a tweet that read, "How did you know you weren't going to get the job during your job interview? Share your story". The quotes and replies to this tweet were hilarious! Take a look at some of them below;

Funny right? (You can check the tweet for a hilarious read.)

On a more serious note, scrolling through the replies and quotes, I realised that many people lack interview etiquette, which costs them getting the job. This is crucial as the interview stage can be the make or break of getting the job and proving your capabilities outside of your CV.


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Some interview etiquette tips;

Be on time. There is no excuse. This is as simple as it gets, 10 am is 10 am, no Ghana man time. It's always best to even arrive at least 10 minutes before time. If the traffic from your house keeps you on the road for an hour, leave two hours earlier. Put your best foot forward…. Literally.


Do not lie, be smart. No matter how hard things are, remember that it takes up more lies to cover one little lie, so do not lie in the first place. If the truth does not win you a position in that company, that's fine; someone else would believe in you. Be wise in answering the questions you know. Telling the simple truth could get you out of the door; but do not overamplify or understate your realities - no matter how creative. Lying, however, is a no-no.


Know your CV inside out. Yes, the interview is typically meant to assess you outside of your CV, but that does not mean you cannot be asked about your CV. That being said, it's essential not to put a role or skill you know you do not have any idea off. Also, do not cross-check spelling mistakes, grammar and sentence construction.


Dress appropriately. "You are addressed by how you are dressed". No matter how informal you think your role may be, or even how laid back the company culture may be, it's essential to dress to kill. After accepting the job, you can consider displaying all your funky dresses and hairstyles.


Language and body gestures matter, be diplomatic. As said before, an interview is meant to assess you outside your CV, meaning everything counts. The interviewers would notice your body language, speech, and other gestures you may make. This is the part the CV does not tell them what they are specifically looking out for.


Research the company and the job role beforehand. Imagine applying for a job in coding, and you are asked, unprepared and unexpectedly, to run a few lines of code during the interview process. The tension go barb you waa [The tension might overwhelm you]. We all do not want to be in such a position, so do well to do your background checks on the company and the role you are applying for, just as they are doing their checks on you. It even gets intriguing when you have questions about the company; it shows you are prepared well.


Prep for the interview; read possible questions online or from workers at the company. You submitted your CV, and you have been called for an interview. Prepare for it. Interviewers cannot make up new interview questions every time; there will be possible questions online you can prepare to leave no stone unturned. You could even go ahead to find out from employees at that company likely interview questions as they would have some "gist".


Wait for the interviewer to mention salary and benefits. We all know that you applied for the job for the money so it just makes sense to head right in or? Unfortunately, in this case, you have to take it slow; you cannot show the employers you are all about the money and not passionate about the job. In due time, you too can answer, and give them your expected salary, while you prepare, read this article, "How to negotiate your first job salary?" it will put you a step ahead.


Expect personal questions. Seems like a strange point? Well, I remember when I was asked how many siblings I had, I was confused about what it had to do with the position I was applying for, but I answered with a smile on my face. I am unsure why they ask personal questions, but I believe they are trying to get to know their potential hires as much as possible, especially outside of their work life; that's why they ask. So get ready!


End the interview on a good note. How you end the interview can determine a call back is how the interview ends. Be sure to end positively, with a broad smile and high spirits. You can send an email, thanking them for granting you the interview after. This is to add some bonus points and keep you memorable.

These are not the only interview etiquette you can abide by, but I believe this is a great starting point. Here's something small to hold body as you prepare for your interview. All the best!

by Jessie W Ghartey

Career & Product Associate, Looksharp Global

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