Yes, while having a job interview, it feels like the interviewer is a God and that just one wrong answer will make him disintegrate you. However, they are just normal people like you. Do you know what that means? It means that they are susceptible to cognitive biases and psychological preferences like all of us are.
Therefore, by adjusting your appearance, tweaking how you speak and move, you can present yourself to them as someone who is competent, reliable, likeable, and great team material.
Therefore, to make it much easier for you to land your dream job, here is how to use 5 psychology tricks that will help you ace any job interview.
Schedule your interview not too early and not too late and not on a Monday
Even though you might be asked before coming to the interview “When is the best time for you to come to the interview?”, you should definitely not try to fit their plans according to your but the other way around. So, your answer should be “When is the best time for you to have me in your office?”
Furthermore, if given a chance to choose the day and time, you should avoid going on a job interview on a Monday. Why? Well, this is when everyone is not happy to be back to work after a relaxing weekend.
So, go for Tuesday or Wednesday. And, you don’t want to be too early in the office while they still have tons of work to finish, but somewhere in the middle when they are nearly done with the work for the day and happy to be leaving home soon. This will make the interviewer more relaxed and less stressed out.
Dress the color that matches the image of yourself you want to present
Whether you realize it or not, the color of your clothes sends signals of what kind of an employee you are. For example, wearing blue suggests to the interviewer that you are a team player. On the other hand, orange suggests that you lack professionalism while black reveals you as a leader. And speaking of traits of a leader, you can also check out the 6 traits of successful leaders, article on feelbetter.com.
Furthermore, red suggests that you are a powerful person, while white suggests that you are well organized. Also, gray color tells the interviewer that you are great with logic or analytics, while brown tells them that you can be trusted.
Keep age of the interviewer in mind
Not many people know that based on the age of the interviewer, there’s a lot you can learn about them and use that to your advantage. Here is a breakdown of psychology tricks that work depending on the interview generations:
Interviewers between 20 and 30 years of age (Generation Y)
Make sure you let them know that you are an excellent multitasker and bring as much visual aids as you can.
Interviewers between 30 and 50 years of age (Generation X)
This is the generation that values creativity and strives to have a perfect balance between work and private life so make sure you mention that as well.
Interviewers between 50 and 70 years of age (Generation Baby Boomers)
With this generation, you have to show that you are a hard worker and that you are always proud of your accomplishments.
Interviewers between 70 and 90 years of age (Silent Generation)
This is an interview where you have to highlight that you are a loyal employee and how committed you were to your previous jobs and employers.
Find common interests
You will agree that people tend to like people that share similar or same interests in life. The same goes for job interviewers. So, if you know that your interviewer loves, for example, fishing (you’ve seen a framed picture in the office of him holding a huge fish) use that to your advantage and bring that topic into discussion.
“Speak” the same body language
In psychology, the phenomenon of people liking other people that have the similar body language is known as the “chameleon effect”.
Therefore, to “get under your interviewer’s skin” you should make him/her feel like you are “dancing together”. Okay, you should not overdo it and copy the exact movement all the time, but if you notice that the interviewer likes to use his hands while he talks, start doing the same.
Otherwise, they might get the impression that you are not a team player or that you simply aren’t interested in hearing out what they have to say.