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How proper etiquette can help you land your dream tech job

Sharon Florentine | Jan. 24, 2014
Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, but preparing for them and handling follow-up doesn't have to be. Here are some 'beyond the obvious' tips for acing the lead-up and the aftermath of job interviews.

Give up that choice parking space, hold the door open for others, hold the elevator for that employee racing to catch it. Even the smallest gesture can convey a good impression, Gillis says.

"Everyone you come in contact with could be influential. The receptionist is a power broker — they are the gatekeeper, so they are as important as the CEO," he adds.

The Thank-You Note
The most important thing you can do to follow up after a job interview is to send a thank-you note. Palazzolo says sending a note by email, and personalizing the note to each person you came in contact with.

Gillis takes it one step further by advising all this clients to take a box of blank cards with them to each interview and writing them out immediately after the interview.

"You should be noting everyone's name as you interview with them. Once you've finished the interview, find a quiet spot and write quick thank-yous on these cards. You'll then return to the building and hand these notes to the receptionist and ask him or her to hand-deliver them to the folks you spoke to," he says. While this task my require you to take a little more time after the interview, it's well worth it, says Gillis.

"In a situation where folks have cleared their schedules to speak to you, have taken the time to spend with you, this technique will make the difference," he says. "When was the last time they received a hand-written thank-you note? You will destroy the competition. You will slay them," he says.

Finally, Gillis says, you must ask for the job you want, he says. Not enough job seekers perform this one simple step that can make or break their job search.

"Ask for the job. I'll repeat - ask for the job," Gillis says. "When you shake hands, hold the interviewer's hand for half a second longer than is comfortable, say "I want this job, thank you for your time," and then you can make your exit," he says.


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