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When meeting with a recruiter face-to-face, dress neatly and conservatively. Make eye contact with people when they speak to you. In past, women were to be treated differently in workplace. This changed when etiquette expert Leticia Baldridge published her rules on business etiquette, saying that women and men should be treated same way in work place. For example, a man and a woman should shake hands same way a man and a man or a woman and a woman would. When shaking hands, offer yours at 90 degree angle with floor and don't hold just fingers or crush other person's hand with your grip. Some men may wait for a woman to extend her hand, so women interacting with a male interviewer should offer their hand first.
In course of your interviews, you may be introduced to various people in an employer's organization. You should always stand up when being introduced to someone. Even if you are too far away to shake hands, it is considered proper etiquette to stand for introductions.
When you first meet an interviewer or other people in an employer's organization, they may want to start having a casual conversation with you. The goal of small talk is to find things in common and to create a bond. It's not that important to be witty - asking questions and being a good listener is fine. You can also be prepared to share a little about yourself such as sports/athletic activities you're interested in, pets, hobbies, as this can help other person feel more comfortable opening up about themselves.
Watch out: politics and religion can be dangerous topics, especially if not handled diplomatically. If interviewer brings them up, it's fine to make comments about subject being discussed but be careful not to make categorical statements or express a very strong point of view. Under no circumstances should sex or violence be discussed because they can be very upsetting and make you come across as someone with bad judgment. Likewise, never use profanity with a potential employer/recruiter, even if you're having a jovial conversation as people often perceive those who use profanity as being less intelligent.
Imagine communication qualities of a good leader: stick to your convictions as diplomatically as possible; address conflict in a situation-related rather than person-related way.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.