Dear Experts, I went on an interview & used the restroom beforehand. I saw an employee NOT wash their hands. Turns out the person was my interviewer! I reacted by not shaking hands - I just stared and stammered. Well, the interview was tense as a result. The worst part is the job is AWESOME (with the exception of working with someone who doesn't wash their hands!). How do I save the situation? Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: @kgrantcareers Q#170 Send thank u letter nd call. Blame on nerves, don't admit 2 interviewer not washing hands. State int n job - heavily! @keppie_careers Q#170 Take this as a lesson for future-focus on goal = getting job. Next time, worry about germs later. @gradversity Q#170 Agree with experts. Shake hands and deal with it after. You may want to keep looking as this one might be a lost cause. @beneubanks Q#170 Shake anyway next time. There are germs everywhere! Re: situation-tell 'em you were nervous. Apologize! @jtodonnell Q#170 Good reason to carry hand-sanitizer! Could always fake a wrist injury next time to skip the shaking! @iplawman Q#170 Send thank you ltr citing interest/quals, follow-up. Shaking hand is gr8 relationship builder - ignore bathroom incident. @DebraWheatman Q#170 Might need to move on. Establishing rapport early sets tone & is part of process. Send positive follow-up; hope 4 best. @resumesrevealed Q#170 Ewwww! Send TY note; stress intrest in job, ur qualifications, enthusiasm, etc. Dont bring up handshke (or lack of). Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
June 19, 2009