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Top Three Psychological Job Interview Tips

Job Interview tips

A job interview can be a difficult process for an applicant, especially if they are nervous about interviewing for the position—which most applicants are, at least to some extent! When most people are anticipating a job interview, they tend to research job interview tips as preparation. Many of these job interview tips do provide some excellent information on what to expect from job interviews, but there are some aspects of a job interview which are often overlooked: the psychological aspects of an interview. While most job interview tips tend to focus on what is being said—what qualifications to focus on, what types of questions to ask, what never to say, and so on—they ignore that, underneath it all, a job interview is a social communication between two or sometimes more people and as such, there are many psychological aspects which, when taken advantage of, can increase the success of a job interview. The following are some unique psychological job interview tips that can help an applicant increase the possibility of a positive and maybe even successful job interview.

Top Three Psychological Job Interview Tips

Play the part
When someone is going for a job interview, they usually think: How can I make myself look qualified for this position? The usual tips focus on grooming and speaking confidently, which are all excellent tips but can fall short very easily. Applicants can increase the chances of being taken seriously for a position if they play the part that they are applying for—that is, play the “character” that they think the company is looking for in an applicant. For example, if the employer is looking for an energetic, creative thinker, then the applicant should practice acting like an energetic, creative thinker for their interview. Employers will naturally gravitate towards someone who is already playing the ‘role’ of the position they are hiring for, rather than someone who may have qualifications but does not otherwise stand out.

Pick the right time
The time of a job interview is perhaps one of the most overlooked factors of the entire process. The fact is, interviewers are human beings and the time of the interview can affect how they are feeling and what they are thinking during the process. It is best to avoid time slots when the interviewer will be most distracted—this generally means avoiding early interviews on Mondays, when the interviewer will want to get to work, as well as avoiding late interviews on Fridays, when the interviewer will just want to get home. The best time slots are generally in the middle of the week, in the mornings or afternoons, when interviewers will not be anxious to leave for work or home.

Top Three Psychological Job Interview Tips

Smile and laugh
Countless studies have shown that smiling and laughter can build rapport between two people and a job interview is no exception. Although a job interview should be taken seriously, applicants who are able to make an interviewer laugh or smile are more likely to be seen as pleasant people who would be pleasing to work with, making it more likely that—if they are otherwise qualified—they will be more considered for a job.
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