Taking time to prepare is the most conscientious thing you can do before an interview. A job opening at a company typically indicates a real need for more people, meaning that the individuals you’re interviewing with are taking time from their schedules to speak with you. The best
way to be respectful is to arrive fully prepared to answer their questions and ask your own insightful questions.
Think ahead of time about how you’ll treat everyone in the office with respect and present yourself well. Security personnel, receptionists and anyone else you encounter on your way to the interview room may be asked to give feedback on you.
Respect communal space. Don’t lounge in the waiting or interview rooms in a way that inconveniences others (resting your feet on another chair, spreading your legs, placing your belongings in a chair someone else could sit in, etc.). During the interview, find the right balance
for your energy. You want to be upbeat without being aggressive. One way to strike this balance is to avoid leaning too far back or coming forward too much. Sit up straight, using your hands to gesture rather than moving your body.
Make eye contact when you’re being asked and answering questions. This eye contact doesn’t need to be continuous or too intense. Use it strategically to indicate that you’re listening or to emphasize an important point. You want to convey to the interviewer that you are focused on them and very much in the moment.
Some interviews may be conducted over a meal. All the basics of how to be polite at the table apply here: – If your meal arrives first, wait to eat until others have received their food as well. – Place your napkin in your lap. – Don’t talk with food in your mouth.
– Take small, manageable bites. – It’s best not to consume alcohol during an interview. If your interviewer orders alcohol, use your best judgment and stay within your comfort zone. You can always opt for water or a soft drink.
You should follow up with an email thank you to the hiring manager within 24 hours. This can be a quick note simply thanking them for their time or a longer note that elaborates on some things you talked about.