A job interview is more than just knowing the answers to questions. What other tricks can ensure you make a positive impression?
As a candidate, it is easy to think that acing a job interview is all about being on-time, meeting the brief and answering the question to an appropriate level. While these elements are very much applicable, it is important to understand the holistic view of the job interview.
Those seeking employment can manipulate the conscience and subconscious minds of hirers and give themselves a better chance of gaining employment. However, to do this, you need to know some of the lesser-known tips and tricks that can take your interview from forgettable to memorable.
Here are four hints for your next job interview:
1) Choose your interview time carefully
If you are desperate for employment, it is easy to jump at the first interview slot offered to you. While you might not have a choice in the matter, if you do, it may pay to get your calendar out and analyse the best day and time.
Glassdoor reported in a 2011 blog article that Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. is the best time of the working week to have a job interview. Writer Kate Parham reviewed an Accountemps survey and found this was the optimum presentation time as productivity, focus and attention is at its highest levels.
In the same article, Glassdoor said candidates should avoid pre and post-lunch times. While it is a great focus time for hirers and candidates, you might find that your job interview is shortened due to someone wanting to go to lunch or coming back late. Either way, it cuts into your allocated time and reduces your opportunity to highlight your worth.
2) Wear something of note
To be a candidate that is remembered for the right reasons, sometimes you need to do (or wear) something that stands out from the crowd. While it is always good to wear an appropriate outfit for a job interview, have you considered a piece of clothing or an accessory that can double as a conversation starter?
Forbes reported the actions of Morgan Stanley analyst Julio German Arias Castillo who wanted to make a statement in a job interview and decide to wear a pin of his native Panama.
"Wear something that represents your culture or background," he told Forbes in a 2014 article.
"In my case, I always wear a pin of the Panamanian flag on my suit lapel. Most of my interviewers ask about it so it becomes a chance to discuss my upbringing and love of my homeland."
Being proud of your background is a good way of highlighting the respect and value that you have for others. The fact that you are different and happy to explain this fact, may make the difference when hirers come to selecting their favourite candidate.
3) Email back after the job interview
In the three points that we've raised so far, they all have a common element - the need for attention. Not only do you need to be interviewed at the right time, but you need to wear something that prompts the memory.
Alongside this factor is emailing the recruiters around 24 hours after your interview. Most people don't like to do this because it can appear intrusive or annoying, but it's the quite the contrary.
Forbes explained that this line of communication highlights gratitude and appreciation, but also puts your name above and beyond your competitors. For example, say you didn't get the job, by opening up new dialogue and shows your desire employment, the business might offer you a job in the future through the same email chain.
As every candidate should know, as one door closes, another opens.
4) Mirroring the interviewer
Preparing for an interview is mostly based around knowing about your CV or the company in question. However, could mirroring help cement your next job?
As an answer to a 2014 question on Quora, College student Zambelli Sylar Federico talked around the art of psychological tricks. According to his answer, candidates should mirror the movements, breathing pace and gestures of their recruiters in a way that suggests that you're on the same page and can be trusted.
This isn't an approach that won't work on the first try and will require some training as it may come off as parroting. Mr Federico explained that body language plays a much bigger role than verbal language so how you speak is just as, if not more important than what you are saying.
"The good side is that it can be practiced anywhere, anytime, with anyone," Mr Federico added. As such, feel free to try this technique on friends, family or anyone that you have a relationship with.
Job interview can be complex, but by having several tricks up your sleeve, you can ensure you have the best opportunity to get a positive result in the end.