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Ace the Interview with these Psychological Tricks
There is heaps of advice on what is best to do and say when in an interview; however, very few take into consideration the cognitive side of things. Although it may seem like the interviewer is inhuman, you must remember that they are wired up the same as us and they too have psychological preferences which can alter their opinion of people. Because of this, there are certain things that you can do to make yourself more likeable and employable.

 

ace the interview

 

1) Get your timing right: According to Glassdoor the best time to schedule an interview is at around 10:30 on a Tuesday morning. Many interviewers offer a number of slots for interviews – if 10:30am on a Tuesday isn’t available consider the following before choosing your timeslot:

• Aim for Tuesday – Thursday – Avoid chaotic Mondays where your interviewer is rushed off his/her feet, and avoid Fridays as everyone is toning down for the weekend.
• Avoid early morning appointments – Experts say that around 10am – 11am slots are best for the morning, and between 2pm and 4pm for the afternoon.

2) Don’t be first, don’t be last: Try to avoid being the first and last candidate of the day. Consider this: You are interviewed first, the interviewer has 3 more candidates throughout the day, and evening plans before he comes back into work the following day to make a decision - you may be forgotten about. If you are last, you are compared instantly and throughout your interview to the earlier candidates and this makes it harder to impress.

3) Colour match: When being interviewed, it is vital that your outfit reflects the impression that you want to give of yourself. Dressing smart is a given however the colour coding can be addressed subconsciously by the interviewer. Career Builder says that these colours correspond to the trait:
• Black – Leadership
• Blue – Team Player
• Grey – Logical/Analytical
• White – Organised
• Brown – Dependable
• Red – Power
• Green, Yellow, Purple, Orange – Creative

4) Age match: You should have an idea of the age of your interviewer when you first meet them, you should tailor your answers to suit what they would like to hear. The book “Crazy Good Interviewing” says that you should conduct yourself in a way that fits your interviewer’s generation. The breakdown is:
• Generation Y interviewers (between 20 and 30): Bring visual examples of your work, you should also be able to show your ability to multitask.
• Generation X interviewers (between 30 and 50): Show them your creativity and mention how your work/life balance can contribute to success.
• Baby Boomer interviewers (between 50 and 70): Show your respect and tell them about the hard work that you have done.
• Silent Generation interviewers (between 70 and 90): Give them an example of your loyalty to your previous jobs.

5) Don’t clench your fists: How you hold your hands also says a lot about you, you should always hold your palms open and on the table (if there is one). This shows the interviewer that you are open and honest – don’t fold your arms, this indicates stubbornness and disappointment, don’t tap your fingers as this gives the impression of impatience, there is so much to consider however simply resting your hands on the table is suitable for an interview.

6) Be relatable: Try to relate to things that the interviewer is saying to you, if they mention something they are interested in, can you relate to this? If they talk about a pet hate of theirs, do you have an example of a time where you experienced this, and disliked it also? If the conversation is flowing, your nerves will almost disappear and they will notice this.

7) Be frank about your weaknesses: When asked the question ‘what is your greatest weakness?’, many people try to be clever and use a weakness that really just exaggerates your strengths for example ‘I work too hard’ – this is known as ‘humblebragging’ and interviewers don’t like it. Be honest, without putting yourself down.

8) Eye contact is key: When you come to greet your interviewer, whether you make eye contact or not is the first thing they will notice. Don’t be shy, they are only human! Eye contact is known to show confidence and intelligence.