The big interview appointment is coming up and you have done all the interview prep you can. You have read through the company’s website, listed down some questions to ask, when through our article on how to ace your interview and 20 most common interview questions and bored your bathroom mirror to tears with the practice sessions you have had. Yet, the nerves in your stomach are still not subsiding.
Don’t worry, we have you covered with more help. There are some mental tricks that you can use to combat the panic attacks before an interview. Let’s see if this science backed job interview tips can help you ease those ‘stomach knots.’
1. Outfit Colour
Think about the image you want to project. Wearing darker colours shows that you are confident and feel empowered. Normally a blue coloured outfit shows you are a cooperative person, white indicates you are organised and brown shows you are dependable. So, choose your outfit based on what you want to project.
According to brightside.me surveys show that women with open legs on job interviews are believed to be frivolous. And, women wearing high heels - psychologically, look like leaders and professionals.
2. Don’t Smile Too Much
Be friendly and polite but be serious when you need to be. It is weird, but according brightside.me a person who smiles widely, is deemed unprofessional and not serious. You don’t have to constantly show your toothy smile to be polite, so keep those smiles polite and genuine but adopt a more serious attitude when you are in the interview.
3. Words You Should Never Say
Don’t curse and keep your vocabulary simple. But there are other words that can also raise the red flag for interviewers such as starting the sentence with the word ‘Like’ or the words ‘Err…I don’t know’. Hesitations significantly reduces the chance you have in acing that interview.
4. Practice Reflective Listening
Repeat back certain phrases that your interviewers say and add them to your own answers. For an example “ How you can you ensure a positive customer experience for the people who frequent our stores,’ and your answer can include ‘Amazing customers experience is what is going to bring back people into our stores and this is how I plan to improve customer experience’ .
This shows you are listening to them and it demonstrates that you understand what the interviewer is saying.
Mimic your interviewer’s body language – if they smile, you smile, if they use hand gesture, you adopt a little bit of hand gestures. Mirroring apparently increases your chances of success. But, it is known that people tend to ‘mirror’ each other without even trying after a few minutes of talking to each other.
6. Stop Touching Your Hair or Face
Stop touching your hair and face as you speak to your interviewer. These gestures indicate your nervousness, so control the urge to smooth your hair for the umpteenth time during the interview. Touching your hair and face constantly can also indicate that you are focused only on superficial things in life – so be very careful with this habit.
7. Break the Monotony
So, the interviewers are always going to refer to your resume or CV. So, how can you take their attention away from the paper they are holding in front of you and get them to pay attention to you. Simple answer their question and then continue with ‘…but let me also tell you something that is not part of my resume/CV…’ Now is your chance to ‘wow’ your interviewer.
8. Agree and Add
Reflecting listening alone is not enough. You often get statements from your interviewers that you might agree. But don’t just stop at nodding – you are not in school – add your own interpretation and thoughts or facts to the statement. This could help you propel further in impressing your interviewer.
9. Avoid Speaking in Monotone
Be expressive. Avoid speaking in boring monotones. Modulation in pitch, volume and adding in relevant short pauses to your explanation boosts your credibility and demonstrates your intelligence in controlling the room. But being expressive does not mean – overusing hand gestures and speaking over your interviewer.
10. Eye contact
Don’t be bashful. Make consistent eye contact when speaking. And whenever you can smile with your eyes. Politeness and kindness will show in your eyes – so even when you are being serious – make appropriate eye contact, where necessary. This does not mean you stare down your interviewer or inappropriately wink at your interviewer during an interview.