Undoubtedly, job recruitment practices have changed and adapted over time – so too has job search etiquette. However, there are still some unwritten rules that have withstood the test of time. And, in the realm of accounting and finance where attention to detail is essential, adhering to these job search etiquette rules will ensure you leave no stone unturned. Let’s dive into the three rules to keep in mind before, during and after the job search process.
Before the Interview
Research. Before the interview takes place, it’s crucial to gain insight into the company you’re interviewing for. While it can be time consuming given all the positions you’re potentially applying to, coming into the interview with a few tidbits of insight in your back pocket holds benefits that are twofold. One, by taking the time to learn about what the company does, it shows your high-level of interest in the position. And two, it helps prepare you for the interview by learning about the company’s culture and values.
So, when it comes to researching the company, where can you start? The company’s website, social media accounts and any recent news articles are all great jumping-off points. The key is to collect information about what the company does, their goals and their values. During the interview, connect what you’ve learned in your research back to you in a way that feels natural. Doing so successfully will highlight your qualities, show you did your research and create a connection between you and the company: a win-win-win.
During the Interview
One piece of etiquette that is often overlooked by the candidate, yet rarely missed by the interviewer: bringing your resume. While some candidates may feel it’s unnecessary to bring a copy of their resume to an interview, doing so has greater benefits than not.
“I always recommend my candidates bring a copy of their resume to the interview, ” notes Deanna Gutman, Senior Director of Executive Recruiting. “Even if the hiring manager already has a copy on file, it shows them they are prepared and professional.”
Additionally, bringing your resume allows you the opportunity to reference specific details, making it easier to discuss past experiences. If possible, bring a few copies of your resume – that way the interviewer has the opportunity to share it with other members of the team should they want to. By printing them on high-quality paper and placing them in a portfolio, you’re adding to the sense of professionalism you bring to the interview room.
After the Interview
An attitude of gratitude goes a long way after an interview. Sending a follow-up email can make a significant impact by showing your high-level of interest in the job. In the email, thank the interview for the opportunity, reiterate your interest and mention one specific detail from the interview that you’re appreciative of.
A follow-up email helps you stand out from other candidates and serves as a great reminder to the interviewer of your skills and qualifications. It proves you’re professional and can communicate effectively.
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