Interview etiquette is a door that swings both ways — candidates and interviewers both must be careful about behaviors that bug the person on the other side of the desk.
From the candidate’s perspective, here are the eight worst habits they’ve seen, according to a survey by Development Dimensions International:
- Acting like he or she she has no time to talk (70%)
- Withholding information about the position (57%)
- Treating the interview like a cross-examination (51%)
- Showing up late (48%)
- Appearing unprepared for the interview (47%)
- Asking questions unrelated to the job (43%)
- Asking questions that are too personal (38%)
- Talking about him or herself instead of the candidate’s qualifications (33%)
The bad news for interviewers guilty of those transitions: Two-thirds of candidates said the interviewer’s behavior has a big impact on whether they accept a job offer.
Even more reason to train managers on how to give off a good impression.