You are unemployed or maybe looking for a new job. Suddenly, you receive a letter asking you to come in for a job interview.
It does not take long before your joy is overshadowed by nerves and you start asking yourself how you should behave.
Perhaps you are uncertain whether to smile or not, and what to do with your hands during the conversation. Does this sound familiar?
Here are some psychological tricks that can help you to deal with your insecurity and even get you a new job!
Needless to say that before you go to your job interview, you should do research on the company and dress properly for the occasion.
Let us now skip directly to the interview.
You are finally there sitting in front of the interviewer and now you want to talk about all good you have achieved so far.
But wait a minute! You must not forget that no matter how much skills and experience you have, your future job does also depend on
impression, gut feelings and instinctual reactions. So, let us talk psychology!
1. Don't underestimate the importance of the handshake
Researchers point out significance of the handshake.
Studies show that "quality of handshake was related to interviewer hiring recommendations.
Path analysis supported the handshake as mediating the effect of applicant extraversion on interviewer hiring recommendations, even after controlling for
differences in candidate physical appearance and dress. Although women received lower ratings for the handshake, they did not on average receive lower
assessments of employment suitability. Exploratory analysis suggested that the relationship between a firm handshake and interview ratings may be stronger
for women than for men."
2. Be honest about your weakness
The interviewer does not expect you to know everything, but he or she wants you to be honest.
Of course you might worry that weak spots in your CV will damage the interviewer's liking for you, so it can be difficult to decide how much you should reveal.
However, psychological experiments have proven that when someone was upfront about weaknesses, those listening liked him more than if he concealed it until the end.
So, don't lie or hide the truth when asked about your experience and skills.
3. Don't boast!
In the same way that you should be truthful about your weak spots, it is essential that you don't boast.
When you begin your interview by revealing everything about your biggest achievements, it is consider boastful. Of course you should tell about your strengths,
but if you truly want to make a good impression, make it at the end of the conversation, as though these fantastic achievements had to be dragged out of you.
There may also be a memory effect at work here.
4. Drop the fake smile
If you don't have a genuine smile, then it's better not to smile at all.
In psychology there is such a term as "nonverbal behavior" and it's without doubt almost just as important as words.
Studies show that false smiling
during an interview results in less favorable evaluations than does genuine smiling. The same applies for all body language that might appear too fake.
5. Show you are in control
No company wants someone who freaks out when there is a problem to be solved.
The interviewer will ask you how you dealt with problems in the past and you should emphasize that you controlled these difficult situations, rather than
letting them control you.
6. Be enthusiastic, show interest - schmooze
This is very important and should not go wrong! During the interview you should
praise the organization, compliment the interviewer, show enthusiasm, discuss common interests, smile and maintain eye contact, but make sure you do not self-promote
yourself. Put the company and the interviewer in focus, but do not try to sell yourself.
According to a very interesting study,
it turns out that even if employers often say that work experience and qualifications are the most important factors in choosing the right person,
it is in fact a person's to schmooze that is being considered.
Researchers found that it made little difference going on about skills, abilities and the positive events you have been responsible for.
7. Be unique
Your interviewer is probably meeting several people who applied for this job and most likely you all have similar skills and experience.
Do your best to stand out from the crowd and be unique. You will not only make an impression, but you will also be memorable.
8. Use mental imagery
Try to imagine that interview went well and you were offered the job.
According to studies, those who used mental imagery perform better at a simulated job interview than those who didn't.
In addition, these person also experienced less stress.
Congratulate yourself if you get the job, and if you didn't there is no need to feel miserable. Instead, treat this
interview as a good experience that has helped you to become even more convincing the next time you are asked to come in for a job interview.
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