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It's How You Say It

By: Margaret Hansen

According to a Vault.com survey on interview etiquette, manners are on the decline - but not just for job seekers.

The study, which surveyed 105 hiring managers and 1,647 employees, revealed why some top job candidates may be saying "No Thanks" to employers' job offers, despite today's tough economy.

Interviewer Misteps

So, what are hiring companies doing wrong? Here is a quick list of some offenses cited by job seekers:

  • Answering cell phones and emails during the interview
  • Coming to the interview unprepared
  • Arriving late and making the candidate wait beyond a reasonable amount of time
  • Dominating the conversation and interrupting the candidate
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Making the candidate feel uncomfortable
  • Asking personal questions or other questions that are not job related
  • Not taking notes

Making an Impression

Your conduct during an interview speaks volumes to the job candidate as to whether or not you value their time, their skills, and the job at hand.

Your conduct also projects an image of your company and what it's like to work there.

Being aware of your body language and ensuring respectful, polite conversation will go a long way to keeping - and not repelling - great job candidates.

Some Other Tips

  • Don't act like they're wasting your time
  • Don't withhold information about a position

Despite it being an employer's job market, manners still matter when it comes to catching the right candidate.


Margaret Hansen has been writing professionally since receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maine. She has worked for multiple organizations as a weekly newspaper reporter, a weekly newspaper editor, and in a variety of internal/external marketing communications roles. Her freelance career has focused on writing and editing for print, email and web publications in the employment industry, as well as manuscript editing and resume writing.