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The hiring manager may be seeing several different candidates for the position you’re interested in. Being professional and demonstrating proper interview etiquette will help you to stand out from the other applicants. Potential employers pay attention to how prepared you are as well as how you conduct yourself in your interview. Often a great interview is all that stands between you and your dream job.

INTERVIEW ETIQUETTE

Confirm. Always call or email a day in advance to confirm your interview. This is a professional courtesy. 

NEVER "No Show." Your lack of professionalism WILL be remembered, and it could hurt your chances of landing other jobs elsewhere. People talk. 

Early Bird. Be exactly five minutes early. If you are on time, you are late. If you are more than ten minutes early, it can can be distracting.

Don't spill. Never accept coffee in a meeting or interview. If it spills, you are in big trouble. Accepting water is fine.

Be Write. Always send a hand written thank you note. No one does this, and it’s a courtesy that will make you stand out.

Firm and friendly. Shake hands firmly and look people in the eye when you speak to them.

Bring it. Always bring a portfolio with the following: three copies of your resume and cover letter, contact information for three or more professional references, a pad of paper, and a pen.

Don't mess around. Your resume is a reflection of you. Make certain that it is flawless. Poor formatting, grammatical mistakes and spelling errors speak loudly about your ability to pay attention to detail.

Look the part. Like it or not, your appearance matters, especially in real estate!  Research the culture of the office. Dress just a little bit nicer than they will expect you to dress on a daily basis. When in doubt, wear a suit. Make sure your hair is styled, your shoes are shined, and your nails are trimmed. Don't overdo the perfume or cologne. If you smoke, hold off before the interview. Smelling nice is just as important as looking professional.


My interview today went very well! I feel I connected with [the client] both on a professional and personal level. I am VERY interested in working for them…Also, all the people at Pro R.E.A. Staffing have been incredibly professional and I appreciate all you have done!
— Tiffany Hammack

DURING THE INTERVIEW

Speak in full sentences. “Yes please,” instead of “Yeah,” “No thank you,” instead of “no thanks.”  Avoid space-fillers such as “like,” “um,” and “ya know.”  In other words, speak like a professional.

Memorize your elevator speech.  Be able to answer: “Tell me about yourself.”  Make it professional and succinct.

Tell the why. Highlight why you are the most qualified candidate for the position. 

Stay positive.  No hiring manager wants to hear how awful your last job was.  Focus instead on what you accomplished while you were there, what you learned and how that position gave you the experience necessary to move on to your next opportunity.

Photo by Paul Dufour

Photo by Paul Dufour

Your turn to Ask questions. 

 Most candidates don’t ask the interviewer anything, and they should.

  • What skills or qualities are most important to being successful in this position?
  • Describe the company culture here. 
  • Describe your management style. 
  • How will you know when you found the right candidate for this position?  In other words, what is important to you?
  • What is the next step in the interview process?
  • (Assuming you want the job…) Try saying "This company and this position feel like a good fit for me, and I really believe I could do a good job for you.  Do you have any questions or concerns that would cause you to not offer me this position?"
  • If I don’t hear from you in ____ days, may I call you to check in?

stand out as the right fit for them. Good luck!