We all have bad days. You know, the ones when if a single person so much at looks at you, you’ll smack them with your laptop. Those are not great days for job interviews – or so one guy in the UK learned when he showed up for an interview with the man he shoved passed and swore at on the London underground that morning. Yip – it really happened.
The station fail
It was a regular Monday morning for Matt Buckland, head of talent and recruiting at Forward Partners. was on the London underground when a guy pushed passed him and told him to go ‘F’ himself. He brushed it off and carried on with his day. That is, until later on…
Guess who showed up for an interview Matt happened to be conducting? The rude dude from the Tube. It was awkward, but Matt approached the situation diplomatically.
Needless to say though, the guy didn’t get the job.
In the days when verbal abuse is the norm on the internet, it’s sometimes easy to forget what is acceptable behaviour and what is not. And while good manners alone won’t get you a job, they’ll sure make it a lot easier for the interviewer to consider you.
But if that isn’t a big enough reason, here’s why good manners benefit your career:
1. Networking plus
It’s simple. People like nice people. So be nice. This is important stuff even before the interview because it can do wonders for just getting you in the door. And it’s not just saying your ‘pleases’ and ‘thank yous’ either – it’s about showing respect for others.
2. Interview strength
Walking into the interview without having offended anyone is a great start, but it doesn’t end there. Interviews are there for potential employers to assess not just your skills, but also what type of person you are, how you manage under pressure and whether your personality is a fit for their team. Being the awesomest person you can will take you far.
3. Growth potential
Even if you pull the greatness out of yourself long enough to land the job, being nice doesn’t end there. Being polite on the job makes working life a lot more pleasant, and increases your chance of promotion. Think of the letters of recommendation if you decide to change jobs.
Ultimately, the message is: If you’re a nice person, keep it up. If you’re not, good luck.