Pop Quiz! Interview Etiquette 101

Pop Quiz! Interview Etiquette 101

Fall is around the corner, back to school is in full swing and that means it’s time to hit the books. Today we’re giving a pop quiz to school you in the dos/don’ts of interview etiquette. Get your #2 pencils ready (scroll to the end for the answer key)! 

What should you do if you're offered water in an interview?
How should you dress for an interview?
How early should you arrive for a job interview?
What is the best way to follow up after a job interview?
What questions should you ask during your job interview?

Answer Key


 #1. Answer = A

Accepting the drink puts everyone a little more at ease. This is just like when you offer your guest a drink at your home. The polite thing to do is to graciously accept it and sip from it as needed.

#2. Answer = B

Always dress professionally for an interview (no shorts or athleisure wear, please), whether that is an interview with a recruiting agency (this meeting is a real interview folks!) or a company. We advise dressing professionally appropriate for the position you are applying for. If applying for a warehouse type of job, there is no need to wear a three-piece suit. Wearing business casual, neat pants and a shirt is completely acceptable. If you are applying for a more professional role, then certainly dress the part (a suit or business professional clothing). Make sure there are no wrinkles, holes or stains on your clothing and that it fits properly. And please don’t use perfume. Some people have allergies and are very sensitive to fragrances.

#3. Answer = B

Please arrive 10 minutes before the interview start time. If you arrive too early, the staff may feel like they need to entertain you. What’s important here is to be the perfect amount of time early and never ever be late.

#4. Answer = A or B

Send a thank you letter or email message to everyone who interviewed you. It gives that extra personal touch and shows you appreciated them taking the time to give you an introduction to the role and the company.

#5. Answer = D

And here are some bonus questions to ask: How would you describe the culture of the company? Who do you consider your top competitor and why? What do you like best about working for this company? What is the typical career path for someone in this role? What are the next steps in the interview process?


This is how you get to the head of the class, make a great impression and nail your interview. Keep it classy, do your homework and you’ll make the grade! And if you need some extra help, our tutors (recruiting team members) can help you.  alaant workforce solutions

About the Author

Rachel Stankevich

Rachel Stankevich, Talent Acquisition Manager

When it comes to recruiting, Rachel enjoys the challenge of putting the pieces together (like a puzzle) to find the right fit for clients and candidates. In her free time, Rachel does floral design for weddings, flips furniture and travels with her fiancé, daughter and her beagle, Farmer. She has a long list of places to see and is knocking them off the list one by one!

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