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Etiquette Corner

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Maxim Staffing Solutions understands that interviewing for a job can be stressful. Our professional etiquette tips are designed to help you prepare for your next interview.

  • Research the company you will be interviewing with. Usually a company's Web site is the best place to start. Show your interest in the job by preparing three to five questions to ask your interviewer about the company and/or position.

    Possible questions include:
    • What is a typical day like in this role?
    • What is the dress code?
    • What is the scheduling like?

  • Dress for success in conservative, professional clothing. A suit or button-up shirt with slacks is generally appropriate. Be sure your clothes are ironed and your shirt is tucked in. If you have a tattoo, keep it covered.
  • Arriving on time to an interview is critical. It is recommended that if you are unfamiliar with the area, you should try a driving dry run to make sure you will not get lost on the day of your interview, and know where you can park.
  • Leave an extra 15-20 minutes earlier than you think to allow for traffic and other variables that may make you late.
  • Learn your interviewer's name prior to arriving to the interview and be sure you know how to pronounce it correctly.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume in case you meet with more than one person.
  • Stand when your interviewer enters the room and greet him/her with a firm handshake and eye contact.
  • Unless instructed otherwise, greet your interviewer with his/her title and last name (ex: Mr. Smith, not Joe), and use Ms. or Mrs. for women, rather than a first name.
  • Maintain a positive attitude throughout the interview. If asked about why you left your last job, keep your answer neutral, not negative.
  • At the end of the interview, shake your interviewer's hand and thank him/her for taking the time to meet with you. Ask for a business card and be sure to send a thank you note within the next couple of days.

Get started on your career today. Contact Maxim Staffing Solutions for job opportunities or submit your resume today.