Post # 1
Bees, help me settle this difference of opinion I had with someone recently.
I was always taught that if you are offered a glass of water on a job interview, you should take it because it makes you seem agreeable and gracious. If you decline it, it reflects negatively on you because your first response to your interviewer is no.
I was just talking with someone who told me they learned the opposite. It’s rude to accept it and better to decline it.
What were you taught? Which sounds right to you?
Post # 3
Honestly? If I’m thirsty, I say yes and if I’m not I say no. I just make sure I say either answer gracious and politely.
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s a test. Accept a glass of water if you would like one, decline politely if you don’t.
Now if you are offered booze that’s a different story.
Post # 5
I never knew employers read into accepting water or not, but I always accept because I don’t like to be thirsty during interviews. Drinking water makes it easier to talk, in my opinion.
Post # 6
Part of my job is interviewing people and I, myself, obviously have interviewed a few times. If they have water there for you, there is absolutely no reason not to take it unless you genuinely don’t want it. It’s an interview — its a nervous situation and sometimes you need a sip of water. It’s better than asking for it later after you have declined it. I think sometimes people read too much into every nuanced action at an interview — they are people too, and usually (hopefully) fairly normal people who aren’t out to trick you. They just want to learn more about you and your qualifications. What you portray in those areas greatly outweighs whether or not you accept the water. The one thing I have seen and heard from others is that if you accept water, don’t fidget with the cup or bottle. It can be distracting.
Post # 7
I always offer water when my boss brings people in for interviews…to be quite honest I hate when they accept it, but thats just me. My boss doesn’t care.
Post # 8
I was never taught anything. I don’t tend to accept it because I’m not typically thirsty at interviews.
@Ms.GoodEarth: “If I’m thirsty, I say yes and if I’m not I say no. I just make sure I say either answer gracious and politely.”
Post # 9
I always say no, based on the worst case scenario of me spilling it on myself.
Post # 10
It’s really never mattered to me. If the interviewee accepted or didn’t accept, that really didn’t make a difference in my impression of him/her.
Post # 11
I usually accept a glass of water, and I can’t say it’s ever negatively affected the course of an interview. I think it does make me less nervous to have a glass/bottle of water there if I need it (nerves, dry mouth, etc). And I definitely wouldn’t bring my own. 😉
Post # 12
@Mrs.Mittens: This! Why haven’t more people said this haha.
Post # 13
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@Mrs.Mittens: This! The last thing I need is something else to worry about.
Post # 14
Uh unless you are saying “hell no bia” or “thanks a lot buddy” neither accepting nor denying the water is going to hurt you.
Your preparedness to answer the questions & qualifications are what matter in the interview.
Post # 15
I would totally accept it, because I live in fear of getting all nervous andnot being able to swallow and have one of those coughing fits where your throat itches but you’re half imagining it, and you can’t talk because your voice is all of a sudden gone….oh goddddd
Post # 16
@deetroitwhat: ahaha Hell no, bia.. made me laugh