Interview Techniques - Body Language Tips & Psychology
Job interviews can be a scary business. The pressure is on and it's time to shape up and show yourself at your very best. This is the time to show your potential employer your qualities, what you can offer them, and why they should hire you. This is your time to impress. It is that very thought that tends to send shivers down our spine, and causes us a great deal of anxiety.
Until 5 years ago, I was amongst those who felt this great wave of anxiety when something like this would come along. As a co-worker, working through the channels and being interviewed for a number of roles along the way, I learned the hard way. In one of my least favourite interviews I received feedback that I was "Confident but without substance". This was the result of me pretending to be someone that I wasn't in order to try to fit in.
It didn't hold me back, but it certainly halted me! Eventually I was promoted into one management role, and then onto another. It was finally my turn to start conducting interviews as the interviewer instead of the interviewee. As an interviewer I learned to see an interview from a whole new perspective. I understood what it was that I was looking for from an employee, and where I went so wrong many times in the past. I'd like to share some thoughts and ideas with you and hope that they will help you out next time you find yourself as a interviewee!
- Be yourself. Don't try to be someone your not. Even if you consider yourself to be a fantastic actor, it's likely that the interviewer will see right through you.
- The interviewer is looking for someone that they can relate to and someone that can add something to their team.
- 9 times out of 10 an interviewer is looking for a candidate who will make their life and their job easier. In order to do this the successful candidate must have the ability to be able to think for themselves. It makes sense that if a candidate can think for themselves then it will make the interviewers job much easier. Tell the interviewer how you really enjoy taking responsibility and how you would like to support him in growing the department.
- This is not life or death, you will live to see another day and your life will be unchanged from its current position. This is not the be all and end all. Do not be afraid. Every time you go outside of your comfort zone then you are likely to experience fear. Without fear, and without taking out ourselves out of our comfort zone then we would never be able to grow to grow as humans or as individuals.
- Those who reject change can be some of the most difficult people to work with, and they can halt the development of a business and the productivity within a team. Emphasise how you understand that change is important for growth, and that you like to be involved with new ideas, changing things for the better and moving things forward. Things never stand still in business.
- Do not fear rejection. If you fear rejection then you are in fact more likely to be rejected. This theory can be applied when men try to chat up a girl in a bar.
- Remember that an interviewer is a human being, and so are you. People hire people and whether we like it or not, people judge people. You are a good person and have a lot to offer - it's important that you show them this.
- Confidence can be a good thing, but arrogance is not.
- Mirror your interviewers body language when possible. It's likely that your interviewer will be your manager and so your interviewer will want to feel a connection to you.
- You can never over-praise an interviewer. Everyone has an ego, and this includes your interviewer. Don't be shy to ask them questions about their career path and how they got to where they are today, and then be sure to show how impressed you are by them and how much you would like to emulate them.
- Always let the interviewer finish speaking. Do not interupt. The interviewer wants to feel in control. Put yourself in there shoes, you would want to feel that you are doing a good job whilst interviewing someone - so let them feel in control. This will make them feel more happy and less threatened about the way that interview is going. This does not mean holding back - but it does mean waiting untill it is your turn to speak.
- Do not sit with your arms crossed throughout as it can be perceived to be negative, even if you are cold.
- When the interviewer is talking or telling you about the job role, then you should slightly lean forward. This shows a positive interest and will work in your favour.
- Motivate yourself before you go in. Make sure that you have a life goal. e.g. My life goal is to have own my very own fishing lake in my back garden at the back of my nice big house. If you can see your goals and aim for something positive in your future, then this alone should motivate you.
- Get a good night sleep the night before your interview, and always dress smarty. An awake, smart dressed person is much more attractive than a sleepy scruff bag.
- Read the tips over and over untill you are confident with each one. When you are then you will be ready to wow them in your interview.
- You can never prepare all of the interview answers before an interview, so do not worry too much if you are still unsure on some topics. However you can download sample interview questions on the internet which can help with the preparing side of things. and give you a chance at training yourself before hand.
- Don't be shy to ask questions in the interview yourself. The HR team will impressed by this as it shows interest, and it is quite common and typical to do so.