Thursday, February 27, 2014

Two Important Tips to remember when Interviewing

Where should you start?
Ever wonder how you can interview better? Not sure who you are meeting with and how you should act? Not sure what you can do to better prepare? Well, I can help with 2 important reminders.  
Tip #1 Act the interview! 
Imagine being in a conversation with a friend. You both have the same tone, facial gestures, hand gestures, and way of speaking
You can maintain rapport through similarities when speaking to another person. The sense of ease when talking with one another and the same mood is called mirroring. 
Establishing good rapport is important when interviewing and it may make the difference in getting an offer or not getting the offer. People usually hire people they like.  Apply the mirroring technique to help you make everyone feel at ease with the conversation taking place.  Observing body language, including posture, hand gestures, facial expressions, tone, volume and rate of speech, and applying it to yourself. 
Apply these tips to use mirroring successfully.

Body Posture
     Are they sitting upright, leaning forward, or placing their hands on the table? 
Hand Gestures
     Do they make hand gestures when talking? Consider doing the same when it is your turn to talk.
     Is their tone mild, volume soft and rate of speech relaxed ? Use the same attributes when you respond.
Facial Expressions
     Did they raise an eyebrow or smile? Make a connection with your own expression to show you understand what they are saying and show you are engaged in the conversation.

THE CATCH: Mirroring has to be sincere and natural.  

Tip # 2: Notice the Negative: 
Negative connotations may include crossing arms over the chest, looking at the clock or their watch, leaning their chin on their hand, yawning and turning sideways. If they show signs of negativity, consider where your responses or body language are in line with the role and their company. 

Contact me for interviewing coaching, interview technique sessions and Resume and cover letter or LinkedIn Profile Updates! 
Good luck on your interview!!

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