I have an interview next week, but am nervous about it. It’s a really important job that I’ve always wanted but I’m unsure if the Interviewers will like me. What are the three best ways to get them to like me?
There are countless articles on the internet about how to score well for the interview.
However, the truth of the matter is that besides having the skills, expertise and ability to do the role, getting the job often boils down to whether the interviewer or hiring manager likes you or not. Put yourself in his shoes – would you want to work alongside somebody you wouldn’t like?
So, how do you get the interviewer to like you? Here are some suggestions, from the headhunter who has over a decade interviewing C-suite candidates for Senior Leadership roles.
In the heat of the interview, you would be surprised how many candidates forget to do this.
I once had a candidate who was so focused on getting all her answers correct, she literally showed a poker-face during the entire hour.
After she left, my client asked me, “Did I just conduct an interview or a funeral?”
Listen intently to what the interviewer has to say, nod approvingly, and smile. This shows them that you are pleasant and are also enjoying their company. Don’t be too stressed – enjoy the process! Show them your pearlie-whites!
2. Get personal.
No, not with the interviewer. Show the softer side of you.
Many times, the fact that you are already at the interview table means that you are technically qualified for the role.
The interview is determining whether you are suitable for the role and for the company.
Don’t just show them how proficient you are at increasing sales, show them the personal side of you.
How you manage people using your soft-touch, or how you are concerned with your team’s welfare. People want to work with other people who are caring, emotional beings, not some Machiavellian robot with no compassion for his colleagues.
3. Ask for advice.
This is a simple yet powerful act that displays your humility, and shows your future bosses that you are not an arrogant ‘know-it-all’ who is unreceptive to correction.
An example could be “So, what do you think my key weakness is and how can I improve on it?”
However, do not overplay this angle or you may come across as being too insecure, or worst still, ingratiating.
So, remember that even as you are showing how capable you are for the role, there is also a ‘beauty contest’ element to the interview and you really need to try being as likeable as possible.
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