Candidate Etiquettes

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you talk about Candidate Etiquettes? Whom do you wish to target while you talk about them? For a larger picture and larger audience we would talk about the not so traditional tips about candidate Etiquettes.

Candidate Etiquettes is normally spoken about while looking at the aspects of how prospective candidates are applying, their cover letter submission, interviewing protocol, thank you letters, follow up calls and so on. This has now moved to different level with Social media coming into play while applying for jobs, getting connected with Hiring managers, seeking recommendations, seeking introductions to new connections for the same reason.

Starting with the entire process of candidates applying and their Etiquettes, few things that are kept in the Hiring Manager’s mind:

Seriousness and professionalism while interacting for the first time with Hiring Manager (HM) of a prospective organization.

  1. Listening skills – The candidate needs to understand what the Hiring Manager / Recruiter is talking about, the role to be offered or the organization itself in question. This would help them to judge, ask right questions and then work towards the right process. Hastiness would take them to end of the road sooner than they expect.
  2. Timely Response – Candidates need to understand that as part of being a professional, is to respond on time to the emails / phone calls of the Hiring Manager in order to show their seriousness for the current role or for future aspects. Ignoring emails from Hiring Manager while they are connecting with you for a role may not just hamper the current prospective hiring but also your future professional connect with the Hiring Manager. Remember it’s a small world and with internet it has become even smaller.
  3. Professionalism – Candidates need to understand that they need to take each interview process seriously. This holds true for the candidates who are trying to gauge the market and not seriously looking for a change.  Their seriousness with respect to their professional attire in accordance to the organization, understanding about the role and about the organization beforehand, taking the interview process seriously, responding to the follow up emails from Hiring Manager is important. If response doesn’t comes from the Hiring Manager, be patient; maybe send a follow up email with a polite note or just send a short reminder message or make a phone call.
  4. Internet / Social Media Etiquettes – It is always good to research about the Hiring Manager and organization on Social media before trying to connect or applying for a job. Remember candidates are easy to find, but good candidates are rare
    • Make sure while connecting to the Hiring Manager, the Headlines of your profiles talks about what you are doing and does not sound desperate for a job. Your profile should talk about your role in one line to grab interest; no one has time to read long winded profile.
    • Try getting introduced through common connections as that helps them know you better.
    • Send them InMail/Message if trying to connect for a role / profile or if enquiring in general about a role for self. Make sure InMail/Message are short and crisp talking about the purpose of connecting and brief note aboutself. This way you are connecting with the Hiring Manager and same time telling about self and exploring about a role professionally.

Final Note – Common practice will pay off in the long run. Don’t underestimate the power of polished, polite skills in an interview. When Hiring Manager feels you are the right candidate, they begin to “push ” for you to do well. Some Hiring Manager will explain questions better, help you along when you are searching for an answer to a question, and they become more relaxed in how they pose questions and rate your answers. All of these things can help you to succeed in your interview. This emphasis on etiquette and people skills is not intended to diminish the importance of a strong resume and solid work experience, but to underline how people skills can give an edge over another.