You will never be the lone applicant for a desirable IT job. In fact, the odds are you will be competing against a gaggle of highly skilled and eager candidates who want the position just as much as you do.
How, then, can you make sure that you stand out from the crowd? Dazzle them with your winning personality and flawless manners, of course. After all, it’s hard to say “no” to someone you really like.
You’ve been wowing people with your personality for years, so you’ll have no problem nailing that one. And, while you consider yourself to be a well-mannered person, you do have one important question. What exactly is proper etiquette when it comes to the job hunt?
Act the Part
As a prospective hire, you are likely being watched from the first minute you step off the elevator. Yes, the receptionist and other nearby employees will report your behaviors to their boss, so you’d better give them something positive to say.
This means dressing appropriately for the coveted position, treating the receptionist with upmost respect, and avoiding eating or chewing gum while you wait. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, the receptionist will likely notice whether you read the National Enquirer or the company’s annual report while you are waiting, and they will listen to hear whether you wash your hands after using the restroom.
Use Technology with Caution
IT may be your life, but it is dangerous to assume that the hiring manager is equally technologically savvy. When it comes to using technology during the application process, “Online Etiquette for IT Job Seekers” recommends letting the IT Hiring Manager set the tone for how technology will be used.
Turn Your Phone Off
It is important to switch off your mobile before entering your prospective employer’s premises. It is, after all, inappropriate to engage in personal phone calls in the reception area and it is extremely rude to allow your interview to be interrupted by the beeping of incoming messages, constantly looking at your phone’s screen, or, Heaven forbid, answering a call.
In fact, Anne Maxfield, President of a Manhattan staffing firm, tells the New York Times that she has had a lot of candidates blow interviews because of cellphone usage. Do not let this happen to you.
Mind Your Q’s
Many seemingly polite applicants are overlooked due to their failure to adhere to one very important rule of job search etiquette–sending a prompt thank you note after attending a job interview.
While this may seem like a minor offense, some recruiters will not hire someone who fails to extend this sign of appreciation. According to Forbes, 58 percent of employers say it’s important to send a thank you note, with 15 percent saying they would not hire someone who failed to send one and 32 percent saying they would still consider them for the position, but would think less of them.
Don’t let a simple note of thanks stand between you and your dream IT job.
You can set yourself leaps and bounds ahead of the pack of fellow IT job seekers. Yes, you will want to showcase your top-notch skills, relevant experiences, and coveted credentials, but you will also want to be the one they like the most. And that means minding your manners.
What advice can you offer someone seeking an IT job?