How to achieve a successful job interview?
For new college graduates, landing in a dream job may be the first priority after graduation. But the problem is that high paying jobs are often elusive. Most of the time applicants must pass through a thorough interview process.
However, there are ways you can use to nail a job interview. You can answer all of those job interview questions. All you need is psychological tricks. Below are the simple little techniques to help you land that dream job.
Psychological tricks to pass a job interview
Don’t worry, these tricks are tested by psychological research. Have faith in them.
1. Your fate is in your hands.
During an interview process, you should be conscious of your hands’ movements. Why? Because your hands can divulge your secret. Your hands’ movements can signal the interviewer about your true feelings. This does not mean that you should not make any moves. As a caveat, try to minimize your hands’ movement. In addition, don’t ever cross your arms. It signals your unwillingness to listen to others and accept new ideas.
Most importantly give your interviewer a warm handshake before or after the interview. Studies show that a warm hand signals confidence.
“It appears that the effect of physical temperature is not just on how we see others, it affects our own behavior as well. Physical warmth can make us see others as warmer people, but also cause us to be warmer — more generous and trusting — as well.” – John A. Bargh
In contrast, cold hands signal negative connotation.
“Cold, clammy hands are a big unconscious turn-off.” – Susan Smith
2. Stay in front of a mirror.
Salespeople are expert in influencing customer’s’ buying decision. But how do they do it? It is simple as mirroring somebody’s action. In this process, you need to mimic the person’s body motion during the conversion process. However, it is not a simple mimicking. You do it like you’re facing a mirror.
“This technique, known as “mirroring”, is widely used among the psychological world as a mean to gain an interlocutor’s trust and make them feel at ease. Good salesmen often use it to increase their chances of closing.” –
Why is this technique effective? Because in this strategy you are making an unconscious connection between you and the interviewer
3. Control the tempo.
Sitting in a hot seat, you might feel like everything is moving fast. Your heart is beating harder and faster than ever before. As a result, it is always tempting to make rush responses. But it’s not a good move. It can only hurt your chances of passing that job interview. Instead, the best thing to do is to slow things down.
“When answering your interviewer’s questions, don’t feel compelled to answer immediately every time, especially if you get a question that could trip you up. It is okay, and sometimes even preferable, to take some extra time to think over your response.” – Tim Chi
However, too much delayed is not even better. One reminder is: “Don’t wait that long, or else you might just seem spacey and nervous,” Chi added.
4. Be confident.
Confidence during the entire job interview process is very important. What is the best indicator of self-confidence? You’re body language.
“Body language and nonverbal communication is a missing piece of what makes for a successful interview. Practice the way you sit, stand, walk to increase your confidence.” –
Ample preparation can help you succeed. “Picture, in your mind, how you want to perform during the interview. You can prepare for some of what you may be asked, but can’t prep for everything. Instead, rehearse how you want to feel emotionally during the interview and get into that resourceful state many times during the days before,” John Added.
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I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.