Loyola University Chicago
Interview Etiquette NO CELL PHONES – Leave the cell phone at home or turn it off – forget the vibe setting, it can be heard in a quiet room No electronics with sound – Handhelds that beep or ring, watches that beep on the hour, etc. No laptops, unless it is necessary for the interview – if you have to carry it, keep it in a briefcase Small purse or none at all; place all necessary items in a briefcase Carry a professional briefcase – Chose a dark color such as black, brown or navy, avoid backpacks, bags with wild colors DON’T smoke before or during the interview (don’t have cigarettes in view) Be on time (not too early, e.g. more than 15 minutes) Bring a pen, paper, and extra resumes; it’s worth investing in a professional quality pen and nice leather (leather-like) portfolio folder. Don’t make excuses or criticize Don’t set items on the interviewer’s desk Wait to be seated When asked into the interviewer’s office, walk in like you belong; don’t hesitate, peek in, or act sheepishly. Always follow up with a personalized thank-you note within 24 hours of your interview.