Five Tips To Help You Ace Any Job Interview
You’re ready to hit the next rung on the career ladder when you spot an ad for your dream job. It’s in a great part of town, the work sounds really interesting, and the money’s not bad either. All you have to do is dust off your CV, smash the interview and the job’s yours. The trouble is, your interview technique’s a little rusty, to say the least. Thankfully we have five tips that can help you ace it. You’re welcome.
1. Get the timing right
If you’re given the option to pick the day and time of your interview you could give yourself an advantage. Avoid the book ends of Monday and Friday. Early in the day is better, but not too early that the interviewer is still planning their work priorities. The same goes for booking the last interview slot of the afternoon. Some studies suggest that if they’ve already short-listed someone in the morning, they’ll be less likely to do it again later. Try to be the first interview of the day between Tuesday and Thursday at around 11.00am when the interviewer will be nice and relaxed.
2. Be a chameleon
Psychologists know that people take a shine to each other when they share the same body language. It’s called the ‘chameleon effect’ and you can create it by mirroring the movements of the interviewer. So, if they lean forward during the interview, or place their hands on the desk, do the same. It will give them the impression that you are really interested in what they are saying, and as a result they will like you more.
3. Show your true colours
Colour therapy dates back thousands of years and has a profound effect on what we think and feel. Wearing the right colour can enhance the image you want to project to your new boss. Here are some of our favourites:
Black – you’ve got great leadership potential
Blue – you’re a real team player
Red – power is what drives you
Grey – logic and analytics is your thing
Brown – you’re dependable and trustworthy
Not got a thing to wear? Plan some retail therapy and treat yourself to something new to give your confidence an extra boost.
4. First impressions count
It’s a cliché but true! How you present yourself in the first 5 seconds will create a lasting impression with the interviewer. Smiling and keeping eye contact while you shake hands will show you’re sincere. Remember to use an open palm, not just your fingers and mirror the same grip as the interviewer. Another great tip is to strike a ‘power pose’– think Superman or Wonder Woman. The open body posture will make you feel more powerful and in charge of your feelings. At the same time, it will reduce your stress hormones and help to diffuse any nervous tension during the interview.
5. Practice makes perfect
Plan the answers to the standard career questions you’ll be asked – like why you want to leave your present job and what your current salary is. It’s also a good idea to practice answers to killer questions including what your strengths and weaknesses are and the qualities you would bring to the job. Try to think like the interviewer, focus on their needs, speak with confidence and stay professional until you’ve left the building. If you can do all that, you might just present yourself as the number one candidate for the job.
Good luck – and don’t forget to get some quality sleep the night before!
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