The Common Courtesies That Millennials Need to Know About When Having an Interview
If you are a Millennial, chances are that you brim with creativity and talent. Millennials live and breathe the latest in technology, but the constant contact they are used to may hurt them in other areas. Each generation has slightly different etiquette practices, and here are some common courtesies to help Millennials succeed in any interview, no matter the age range of the interviewers.
Arrive on time—or even five minutes early. It’s often a good idea to follow your route a few days before the interview rather than depending on a map app to get you to the interview. You can see the layout of the land—where you might need to park, for instance. If you use public transportation, you get a feel of considerations such as how far the walk to the interview is. You also get ideas for a plan B; what happens if there is construction or your subway is late? You may want to leave for the interview with at least thirty minutes to spare. You can always sip on a water in a nearby cafe and review materials.
Turn off all technology. Your cellphone, your iPad, your other cellphone—switch them all off. If they constantly ring or vibrate during the interview, you do not come across as in demand. You simply seem rude. Do the turning off before you enter the building because you could be summoned into the interview at any time from the waiting room. Bring a book or glance over interview materials to pass the time while you wait.
Show respect. When the interview ends, be sure to thank the interviewer, and send a thank-you message within two days. Sending it snail mail helps you stand out even more than if you sent it via email.
Be ready. One downfall of technology is that it may lead to people becoming less prepared. More information such as addresses and job ads are right there on a phone or tablet, so there is less incentive to remember things or plan ahead. Don’t do this for job interviews; come with printed copies of your resume.
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