I was at dinner with friends the other night, and realized that as soon as we sat down, everyone took out their smartphones. We hadn’t even looked at the menu, and everyone was intent on checking in on Facebook or FourSquare, or looking at their email, or sending a text message.
Sad. Looking at our phones has become so commonplace that we don’t even realize that it’s rude.
But, if you are looking for a job, learn to control the urge to pull your phone out. A reporter recently asked Nexxt whether it was ever okay to pull out your smartphone in an interview. My response? There is only one reason to look at your phone, and that is if you have been asked to schedule another meeting and you want to check your calendar. Any other reason and the interviewer will think that you aren’t interested, whether that is true or not.
But, it’s not only during interviews that you need to combat the urge. Every time you go out, you could be rubbing shoulders with the person who could help you get your next job. But you’ll never know if you are busy Tweeting about your drink.