Job interviews are always nerve-racking. You have this internal pressure to ace the interviews and get your dream job which makes you all the more tensed and jumpy. But did you know that rocking job interviews doesn’t only rely on the answers you give out? Swinging it goes way before you step into the building and actually starts in the comforts of your own mind. It’s called psychological warfare.
So here’s part 2 of the 10+ science-backed psy-war strategies to make you more confident, competent, likeable, and of course, hirable.
5. Find a common ground with your interviewer. Be observant during the interview process. Try to spot your interviewer’s likes such as in clothes, color preferences, way of taking down notes or decors on the wall. Try to compliment him/her if you share something in common with your interviewer.
6. Mirror your interviewer’s body language. The "chameleon effect" is a psychological phenomenon that shows that people tend to like others who exhibit similar body languages as theirs. Patti Wood, a body language expert, says that it should ideally look like you are "dancing" with the other person to show that you are interested with what the other is saying. Otherwise, you may look like disinterested, lying or not being a team player. So, if your interviewer leans forward and puts his hands on the table, do the same after he does this, just not creepily though. Chances are he won’t notice that you’re imitating him.
7. Compliment the company and the interviewer. In a study cited by PsyBlog, researchers found that “students who ingratiated themselves with their interviewers, without coming across as self-promotional, were more likely to be recommended for the job.” These students praised the companies, indicated their enthusiasm to work there, and complimented the interviewer. The students neither exaggeratedly took up the value of positive events they have credit for nor took credit for positive events that were not solely their own doing.
8. Show confidence and deference at the same time. This means to be competent and at the same time cooperative, according to the business professors who authored the book “Friend and Foe.” During job interviews, show respect to your interviewer for the authority and experience s/he has, while showing confidence that you are good in what you do. One way to do this (and this somehow relates to the previous point) is saying something like, “I love your work on [whatever area]. It reminds me of my work on [whatever area].”
9. Highlight your achievements in your previous jobs. Impress your interviewer by showcasing the things that helped your previous company have higher sales or hit its quarterly or annual goal. Do it modestly and refer to point no. 7 as a caveat.
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