Psychological Tricks To Acing An Interview
According to Business insider, although they might seem larger than life, but interviewers are people just like you. This means they’re susceptible to the same psychological preferences and cognitive biases that affect the rest of us.
These tricks are more on the behavioural aspect of being. You want to make sure you are passing the right message to your interviewer, convincing them of why you are the right candidate for the job. Note that a lot of candidates these days just go for the next available job to them not considering what the experience will be like or the outcome of doing a job they do not or will not feel comfortable or convenient doing, and in so doing, they end up with a job that they find difficult getting a balance with.
Essentially, you want to be sure that the job you are applying for is one in which you love and are interested in doing, just as much as it will widen your experience and development as a human being.
- Schedule your interview to the time that’s best for you interviewer.
If the hiring manager offers you some flexibility in choosing an interview time and asks if you could come in around a specific time. That time is likely to be when your interviewer is relatively relaxed, its best you agree to it. You’ll also want to avoid being the last meeting of the workday, as your interviewer may already be thinking about what they need to accomplish at home.
- Match the color of your outfit to the image you want to project.
Hiring managers and human-resources professionals found that different clothing colors convey distinct impressions. Twenty-three percent of interviewers recommended wearing blue, which suggests that the candidate is a team player, while 15% recommended black, which suggests leadership potential. Meanwhile, 25% said orange is the worst color to wear, and suggests that the candidate is unprofessional. Personally, I would suggest white, which suggests that you are organized. This is because, some people will sentimentally say it suggests purity, or even as much as tabula rasa, and the might want to suggest that it gives you an opportunity to learn on the job.
- Tailor your answers to the interviewer’s age.
You can learn a lot (but not everything) about your interviewer and what she wants to hear based on her generational age. John B. Molidor, Ph.D., and Barbara Parus in their book wrote that you should conduct yourself a little differently based on which generation your interviewer belongs to. Here’s their breakdown:
- Generation Y interviewers(between 20 and 30): Bring along visual samples of your work and highlight your ability to multitask.
- Generation X interviewers(between 30 and 50): Emphasize your creativity and mention how work/life balance contributes to your success.
Baby Boomer interviewers (between 50 and 70): Show that you work hard