So how do you make sure you portrait yourself the right way and give off positive vibes? CGD gives you 7 psychological tricks you can use during your job interview:
There are many different aspects during a job interview that determine whether you could be the right candidate for the position or not. It is not only what you say and how you answer the questions, but also how you present yourself. Even though, the interviewer is taking notes on the answers you gave, your body language reveals a lot about your personality and attitude so is as important as the answers you provide.
#1 – Mirror their movements
Don’t copy, but mirror the movements of your interviewer. Mirror their hand gesture and breathing, this will show that you are on the same page. So they cross their left leg, you cross your right, they touch their face, you lightly touch your hair. Make sure it is mirroring and not copying, because that might come across as creepy.
#2 – Watch your own body language
Avoid ‘closed’ body language such as crossing your arms. This can give the wrong impression to the interviewer and might come across as if you are not willing to understand. So always try to make sure you have an open and welcoming body language.
#3 – Warm up
When you arrive early, go to the bathroom and warm your hands, either with warm water or the dryer. Dry and warm hands inspire confidence according to Susan Bearry, from Quora. You will put yourself in the right mindset from the start, which will help you focus and calm your nerves.
#4 – Bond with the interviewer
Try to find a common ground between you and your interviewer in order to create a personal connection. Don’t get too personal and keep it light, such as commenting on the football club flag that might hang in their office, or, when you did research on them, compliment them on a certain successful project your interviewer did.
#5 – Read facial expressions
Facial expressions tell a lot. If you are able to read someone’s body language and facial expressions, you will get valuable feedback on how the interview is going. This way you can continue when they have a positive body language or step your game up when you get the sense that they might not be interested in you.
#6 – Take your time
It is okay to take a few seconds to think before you answer a question. Give yourself some time to compel all your thoughts together, this way your answer will sound more confident. It is always a good idea to ask for a glass of water if the interviewer asks in the beginning if you would like something to drink, this way you can take a zip if you need to give yourself a few extra seconds to think about and formulate your answers.
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