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Etiquette Tip of the Week: Interviewing the interviewer

I love interview stories.  One of my favorite is from a gentleman who told me his interviewer invited him to lunch in a nice restaurant.  At the end of the meal, the interviewer paid the bill, but refused to leave a tip.  The interviewee, said, “Would you like me to leave a tip?”  But the interviewer said, “Nah!  They make enough money.”

The interviewee was horribly embarrassed, but didn’t dare correct the interviewer.  He was offered the job… and he turned it down. Not tipping the wait staff was a red flag for him.

Two take-aways:
First, heed the red flags in an interview.  Remember, you are interviewing the interviewer as much as he or she is interviewing you.  You want to make sure the job is a good fit.

Second, the standard tip these days is 15-20 percent.  If you are assisted by a wine steward, tip the wine steward 15-20 percent the cost of the wine and itemize the food service and wine service tips on the bill.

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The Career Center is seeking a Career Counselor

Career Counselor – University of Maine – Orono, Maine

The UMaine Career Center, a department within the Division of Student Life, is seeking a Career Counselor.  This position is full-time, 11 months (August-June) with a start date of September 1, 2014.  It is a permanent position and includes a full benefits package.  The projected hiring salary range is $31,000-$38,000.  For the job description, required qualifications and to apply, go to:

If you have any questions, contact Janice Madore at or 207-581-1352.

Review of applications begins May 28 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

The University of Maine is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Etiquette Tip of the Week: It’s wise to personalize

Last week’s business letter theme was so popular, we will stick with that for one more week.

Etiquette is about being attentive to the people around us.  Whether writing a follow up thank you letter for an interview or a client meeting, personalize it.  Include details of what you talked about in the meeting.

It’s a mistake to write a generic thank you that looks like it could have been cut and pasted with different names and companies:
“Thank you for telling me more about the position at (fill in the organization).  I feel like my skills would make me a valuable member of your team.”

Make the person feel like you are talking to him/her and not just anyone:
“I was inspired by your story about how you started out in manufacturing…”
“You are interested in a greater online presence for your athletic clothing line, and I have proven experience in growing several student organizations through social media.”
“Attached is the online advertising information we talked about.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me.”
“I enjoyed meeting you and Manny Products, your Vice President of Consumer Research.”
“I will follow up with you on the week of June 8th.  Congratulations on your first grandchild and enjoy your time off.”

The most valuable part of personalizing a business letter?  It says to the person, “I was listening.”

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Engineering Job Fair – Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Balance Student

Recreation Center

10am – 3pm

For further information, please go to the
Engineering Job Fair website!


UMaine Career Fair – Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Balance Student

Recreation Center

10am – 3pm

For further information, please go to the
UMaine Career Fair website!

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