So have you read the article trending on social media last week about the London commuter who found himself interviewed by the person he was rude to earlier in the day? Talk about an awkward situation. But a great reminder – be kind to everyone.

Everyone you talk to and/or meet during the job search process should receive the utmost respect and kind interactions from you. You never really know who will influence or make a decision about your employment. Therefore, remember to treat everyone with respect and courtesy – receptionists, parking attendant, people in the lobby, coffee shop attendee, janitor, interviewer, people on the bus, etc. The list goes on.

So what does it mean to treat others with respect and courtesy? Here are some tactics and tips:

  1. Say “good morning” or “good afternoon” or simply “hello.”
  2. Think about how you want to be treated and treat people the same.
  3. Hold the door open for others.
  4. Never insult or make fun of other people.
  5. Say “please” and “thank you.”
  6. Smile.
  7. Tell people you interact with to “have a nice day.”
  8. Put yourself in their shoes. Consider potential reasons for other’s behavior.
  9. Make eye contact.
  10. If the other person reacts negatively to your friendly behavior, don’t let that change your demeanor or attitude. Stay above the negativity and proceed onward.

Make sure your interviews avoid an awkward beginning due to a previous interaction. Be respectful and courtesy to everyone and keep it positive. Be nice.

Do you have a story to share where being respectful and courteous landed you a job? We would love to hear it.

Nancy Manley

About Nancy Manley


Nancy enjoys helping people find a job that makes them feel complete. She thrives on sharing information that helps candidates become successful employees and engaged workers.