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Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:00 pm

Do you guys greet your interviewers by first or last name? What about the recruiting/hiring manager when you meet them. It seems professional if you great them by last name but it also doesn't have that friendly atmosphere.

What do you guys think?

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Re: Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby dingbat » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:06 pm

Unless and until told otherwise last name

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Re: Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby fatduck » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:12 pm

i don't know the answer, but i know that if you get it wrong you are completely screwed.

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Re: Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby holdencaulfield » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:13 pm

When I interviewed, I always used first names. To me, it's much less awkward and makes it easier to connect. Also, that's what I would prefer to hear if I were the interviewer.

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Re: Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby stillwater » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:20 pm

how about "sweet thang"

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Re: Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby dixon02 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:26 pm

As someone else said, go in assuming last name until told otherwise. That said, in almost every interview I've had, things started off with the interviewer introducing him or herself by first name. From there on you're good.

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Re: Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:47 pm

> Thank you for meeting with me today, Mr. Partner.

>>Please Anon, call me Jim.

I think this is standard for any professional situation.

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Re: Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby Myself » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:54 pm

Anonymous User wrote:> Thank you for meeting with me today, Mr. Partner.

>>Please Anon, call me Jim.

I think this is standard for any professional situation.


Thanks, Anon.

If they're relatively young, and they say their first name when introducing you, I would say first name.

If they're older, I would go Mr. Last name until he corrects you otherwise.

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Re: Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:01 pm

I never understood these questions. Why dont you just avoid the whole thing and say, "Good morning, how are you doing today?" and then "I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to meet with me." Why do you NEED to tack a name at the end? That always seems forced to me. Most people dont do that in real life.

Sorry for anon.

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Re: Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby LawIdiot86 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:20 am

Anonymous User wrote:I never understood these questions. Why dont you just avoid the whole thing and say, "Good morning, how are you doing today?" and then "I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to meet with me." Why do you NEED to tack a name at the end? That always seems forced to me. Most people dont do that in real life.

Sorry for anon.


Also, even if they have a common last name, if you mispronounce it and they have to correct you, it's an awkward way to start off the interview.

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Re: Calling interviewers by their first name or last name?

Postby Agent » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:39 am

1. Use first name from the start.
2. Do not avoid calling your interviewer by their name.




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