I've seen a PP re: job interview etiquette, but wanted to point out some additional etiquette rules for job hunters to keep in mind. FWIW, I work in HR and have seen some examples of rudeness from applicants that were/are worthy of mention in the Special Snowflake Stories thread!1. Read the job posting carefully and follow the directions on how to apply.
For example, if a job posting says "No phone calls, please," that is exactly what is meant. No
phone calls.2. Apply only for jobs you are qualified for.
(Another reason to read the job posting carefully: minimum qualifications for the position are often listed.) HR departments get a lot of applications for every open position. Every resume coming in has to be screened--sometimes by several people--to determine whether the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the job. Applicants who don't meet the requirements will not be interviewed. 3. Fill the application out completely and include all requested documentation, such as a cover letter, resume, and/or proof of education.
Incomplete documentation can give the impression that you have something to hide, especially when so many job seekers overstate or misrepresent their qualifications.4. Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job you're applying for.
Cover letters targeted to no employer in particular (or to the wrong employer) give the impression you are looking for just any job, and not the particular job you want. 5. If you are called for an interview, call the employer back ASAP to schedule it.
Interview time slots fill up fast--so if you don't call back promptly, you could miss your chance! Failure to call back in a timely manner also gives the impression that you're not really interested in the job.6. Call or email if you'll be late for an interview or need to cancel or reschedule.
Emergencies happen--but a "no-call, no-show" shows a lack of respect for the employer's time and will
eliminate you from further consideration for the job.7. Follow-up after the interview is fine...as long as it's not too aggressive.
Calling back a week later is fine; calling back every day for a week, not so much. And pursuing HR or the hiring manager in their off time (e.g. following them into the store or the restaurant on their lunch hour or after work) to ask about the job is beyond the pale.8. If you didn't get the job, accept the employer's decision.
You're more likely to be considered for future job openings with the same employer if you take a rejection letter gracefully.ETA: Commentary on point #3, additional commentary on point #7... and the incident in #7 actually HAS happened at least once! A job candidate followed me into a Safeway on my lunch hour to ask about the job.