In our class this week, we had occasion to simulate
a cell phone call in the middle of an interview with
a senior manager.
This led to a discussion about what we should do
with cell phones during interviews and then more
widely cell phone etiquette.
Interview Cell phone Etiquette: Everyone has
cellphones with them all the time.
1. Place key numbers for your interview in phone
memory, before the interview
2. Silence your ringtone before the interview
3. Resist the temptation to text, read emails or
Internet items or call when on-site, unless important.
4. Place your cell phone in a secure location where
you know where it is
5. Despite the host taking out cell phone in their
office or at dinner, resist doing the same
General Cell phone etiquette:
- lower your voice when talking in public
- avoid personal topics when others can hear you
- avoid talking in elevators, libraries, museums,
restaurants, cemeteries, theaters, dentist or doctor
waiting rooms, places of worship, auditoriums or
other enclosed public spaces
- avoid taking calls when you are already engaged
in face-to-face interactions.
If you do take a call, ask for permission of the
people you are with
- never talk in hospital emergency rooms or buses.
- Don’t have emotional conversations in public
- avoid texting during face-to-face conversations
- silent mode in meetings, theaters and restaurants
- don’t light up in dark theater
- hang up and drive; avoid multi-tasking
- acknowledge a delay in cell phone transmission
- don’t blame the other person for a dropped call
- avoid looking up things during a conversation
- observe a 10 foot proximity rule from the
nearest person when talking
- phone tag—ok to stop at 4th call
- choose wisely ringtones, please and thank you