Interview–one of the most dreaded words in the English language for job seekers young and mature. Do your hands begin to tremble or do you break out in a cold sweat when you hear the word? You’re not alone.

Could there be a more difficult situation than walking into a room with one or more strangers, sitting in what feels like a criminal interrogation spotlight, knowing your every word and gesture are being evaluated, while attempting to appear to be composed, confident and professional?

As you head out the door for that next important interview, don’t forget to pack one of the most powerful business tools available: Your etiquette and people skills can make the difference between an adequate performance and one that will launch you to level 2 of the hiring process.

Your attitude and behavior toward others are as important as your resume, experience, training and technical abilities. Too many job candidates spend more time worrying about the margins on their resume than their manners, and they fail to realize that employers are selecting individuals who have not only job-related experience, but who they believe will be a good fit in their business family. They are looking for the human qualities that make the difference in business relationships: courtesy, respect, trust and reliability. Manners and respect are the underlying foundation of good relationships, and good relationships translate to business success.

5 Simple Interview Tips on What NOT to do:

  1. Cell Phone- Nothing worse then your cell phone going off in a interview.
  2. Smoke- Putting a cigarette out right before a interview.
  3. Gum-  Avoid chomping or chewing any candy during a  interview.
  4. Perfume- Cologne- wearing to much scent to a interview.
  5. Weakness–  If asked, “Do you have a  weakness?” Don’t reply “No”. Everybody has a weakness. This will display your character, honesty, and self-awareness.

– Ryan P., Branch Manager