8 Psychological Tricks to Help You Nail the Interview of Your Dream Job
It is a truth universally acknowledged that interviews are hell; no matter how confident you normally are, or how high your self-esteem usually is, but the minute you walk into an interview, all of that disappears and you regress into a youngster who is eager to please but unsure of everything.
The reason behind that change is the subtle psychology that interviewers use, to well interview you. Their ideology is that this way they can get to know the real you. However, we all know that is not the real us. So, let us try to beat them at their own game. Instead of being duped by their psychology, let us use psychology on them to ensure that we get the job that we deserve. In that regard, here are eight psychological tricks to help you nail the interview of your dream job.
1. Charm them with colors
Believe it or not, the clothes you wear have a huge impact on how the interviewer sees you, but not for the reasons you think. Sure the adage, dress for the job you want, and the advice to dress professionally still applies, but most people don’t realize that the color of those clothes also have a significant impact on how the interviewer sees you.
Wearing blue suggests that one is a team player, as well as being trustworthy and dependable, while black implies leadership qualities and a take charge attitude. Grey is neutral, balanced and calm, whereas green indicates peaceful, health and growth. Red is a power color indicating risk taking, while yellow and orange is open and friendly, indicating a people person.
The ideal would to be see what kind of person would the interviewer looking for. For example, if it is a sales position, then a calm person with good people skills might will the bill. So, why not wear a grey suit with a splash of yellow or orange. However, one must try not to go overboard with color as it may have a negative effect, making you seem childish and lacking in professionalism. So, it is best to limit the colors to the shirt or tie, depending on the outfit and color.
2. Warm Hands
Cold, wet and or clammy hands can be a turn off, immediately putting them off you from them moment you meet, after all, the first thing that anyone does when they first meet is shake hands. And as everyone knows, first impressions can nearly impossible to break. One trick is to wash your hands with warm water or to dry them under a hand dryer. This will both dry and warm up the hands. Research shows that dry, warm hands inspire confidence, whereas cold and clammy hands are a big unconscious turn-off. It can be surprising to note that a one second handshake at the beginning of a meet up can have such a significant impact on the rest of the interview.
3. Copy them
One of the most frequently repeated body language advice is to emulate the body language and behavior of the interviewer. This makes the person think that the candidate is on the same page as them, hence making them think that it is easy to communicate with you thus automatically implying that you may be a great fit in the organization. Ok so that may be a lot to put on body language, but it does help.
While following them exactly and closely would be creepy, it is okay to copy them where it seems natural, such as leaning forward when they do, or crossing your legs when they do, using similar gestures, folding your arms, etc. but ensure that you don’t come across as creepy or scary.
4. Speak like them
Following the same thought process, in addition to copying their behavior and body language, also try to imitate their language, speech patterns, etc. Of course, only if you are able to and can do so without appearing like you’ve just forgotten how to speak.
The reason for this is the same; having the same speech patterns makes them think that they have yet another thing similar to you, thus allowing them to relate more to you. Research shows that interviewers are more likely to take an interest and even hire people who are like them, rather than not.
5. Have the same interests
Further following the same tactic, show interests in things that they like and enjoy. Allow them to speak on irrelevant topics and pretend that you enjoy those things as well, though to some extent. Don’t lie about it, but it is okay to exaggerate and build upon what you know. For example, if they like sports, you can talk about how you used to play football when you were younger. Even though it was a long time ago and has no impact whatsoever today, it does help to build a rapport; and that is the most important thing. If the interviewer relates to you on a person level, then they are more likely to remember you and thus recommend you for the position. Please humans in general are social people; hence they tend to gravitate towards like-minded people, so it is best to make the interviewer think that you are one.
6. Take your time
During the course of the interview, the interviewer is bound to ask you a bunch of questions; some you may immediately know that answer to, whereas others might be a little tricky or downright impossible. But the trick here is not that you need to have the correct answer for each and every question, but rather how you hand the questions is what tells the interviewer the most about you.
Hence, don’t jump to answer the questions, even the ones you do know. Instead, take your time, think about and form your answer in your mind before answering. This will have a two-fold effect, one is to make the interviewer think that you are calm and are not likely to make rash decisions, which is an important quality in any employee, especially one in a leadership position. The second is that it will give you time to form well rounded answers to show that you know what you are talking about, or at least give you time to come up with related points to bullshit the answer.
7. Don’t interview on a Monday or a Friday
Most people don’t realize this but when you interview can also have a significant impact on the interview. Of course this point does not matter if you are not given a choice, but if possible, it is often recommended that one so not go for an interview on a Monday or Friday. There is nothing superstitious about it, but it has a rather significant psychological reasoning. Monday is the first day of the week, so the interviewer is more likely to be still thinking about the weekend, and is more likely to be cranky or broody about starting the work week, hence it is never a good thing to interview on a Monday, as the interview’s mood will paint you in a negative light.
Similarly, on a Friday, people can’t wait to get out of the office so that they can live it up on the weekend. Hence, they are more likely to be distracted, speeding through things, and less likely to pay any real attention to work. Hence, Friday is also out, which leaves Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, as the ideal times to interview.
In addition to this, it is also recommended that one does not interview in the first slot in the morning, nor in the last spot of the day. The interviewer is more likely to be distracted in the morning trying to get things in order, and will be more likely to run out in the evening.
8. Be Sincere and Don’t Sell
Most interview advice tells you that you need to sell yourself and sell yourself hard if you have to get that position, and while that advice is not wrong entirely, it is not accurate either. Think of the last time you were in a shop looking to buy something, now image if the shopkeeper kept pestering you and telling you about this one product they have and going into a list of the top twenty reasons why you should buy that product.
Honestly speaking, how likely would you be to buy that product? Not that likely; in fact you may have actually tried to run out of that shop the first chance you got. The same principle applies. Selling is good, over selling is bad. Instead let the customer, i.e. interviewer come to that conclusion naturally. They are more likely to trust their decision than you just telling them. Instead, try to relate to them on a more personal and professional level and they will automatically see your value. Of course this doesn’t mean that you don’t sell at all, but rather sell where it is natural and non-intrusive, don’t over sell and overshadow the conversation.