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09/29/09
Interviews. Civility
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 3:49 pm

This week I listened to Dave Iverson’s
Forum podcast
on Bad Manners and was
introduced to
P. M. Forni who has
championed a helpful Johns Hopkins

Civility Project.


This led me to correspond with the author
and
read some of his writings.  One book,
Choosing
Civility, offers 25 rules of
considerate conduct.
  Half of them seem
to apply directly to interviewing

situations.  Briefly, they relate to:

- subtle, perceptive ways of paying attention
- significance of recognizing presence of others
- “active” listening skills
- causes and responses to speaking ill of
others

- good grooming reminders
- elements of sound and noise levels  and need
for
managing them
- respect for others’ time and space
- thoughts on asserting yourself without over-
statement
- how to deal thoughtfully with personal
questions

- being a good guest and advice on idle
complaints
 
It is an interesting read.

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