Interviewing Etiquette Program: All majors
Monday, October 21, 2013
Corey Union Function Room
Interviewing Etiquette Dinners: An Informative Evening
Interview etiquette dinners are offered each semester. The fall event is designed for those in non-teaching disciplines while the spring event focuses on those seeking to become teachers.
These interview programs offer advice, preparation tips, and strategies for an effective and successful interview. Occasionally, employers and school districts will take their candidates out to lunch or dinner to stage interviews. This means both interview skills and table etiquette are on display as potential employers screen candidates.
Interviewing etiquette dinners provide preparation for just such a situation. Students are seated with alumni and professionals to talk about table manners, frequently-asked interview questions/scenarios, and guidelines for selling oneself as the top pick for the job. Immediately after dessert is served, our guest table hosts will join each other on stage for an open panel discussion and Q and A about interviewing with the audience.
Highlighted tips and suggestions discussed at the dinner:
- First impressions are important: firm handshake, eye contact and smile
- Avoid talk on politics, religion, etc. – be cordial but attempt to stay on the topic of employment
- Get your message out quickly and convincingly
- Never say anything negative about either yourself or someone else (or prior employers!)
- Present yourself in the best possible way: lead with most impressive achievements
- Be conscious of the organization’s style when dressing for the interview. When in doubt, dress in conservative business attire
- Use your networks/connections (e.g Linkedin)
- Research the company or district before the meeting; know the organization’s background, mission, customers, etc.: incorporate that knowledge into the conversation
- Know a little about the recruiter’s work background
- Never ask about benefits, pay, or vacation before being offered the job
- Have 3 strong questions you want to ask the employer
- Have a couple copies of your resume with you
- Know why you’re the right fit for the job! Be mentally prepared to explain and dispel any doubts
- Afterward, send thank you letters to everyone