11 August 2015

4 Ways to Instantly Connect With Your Interviewer

Let’s face it: interviews are scary. But, we all (well, most of us) have to go through them unfortunately.

Being fully prepared can make the whole experience less daunting (Captain Obvious over here), so we partnered with Careers24 to give you some insider tips on how to easily connect with your interviewer.

Feel free to watch the video or read all about it below:

1. Do your research before the interview

Find out who you will be meeting with, then hit LinkedIn and FB to find out as much as possible (mutual connections, similar interests, etc). Finding common ground will help you to break the ice when you first meet. Take some time and thoroughly research the company as well as the interviewer, this will make you feel confident and put you at ease.

2. Body language

Personally, I think that this is the most important part of the interview. When meeting your interviewer, make eye contact, give him/her a firm handshake and smile… you are excited about this interview! Don’t fidget, this will show that you are nervous, make yourself comfortable and avoid a closed off or negative body language.

3. Observe, then imitate

Imitating certain behaviours and attitudes of your interviewer can help make a fast connection between you and the stranger on the other side of the table, it’s called mirroring, and it works. So, take note of his or her initial demeanor from the get go, then, match it. For example, if your interviewer has a high energy and gestures while he/she talks, strive to express that level of liveliness. And vice versa, if your interviewer is calm and serious, tame your energy down a bit. Of course your interview should be a tool to figure out if you will be a good fit for the company and if it will be a good fir for you. So what I don’t mean by this is to completely override your own personality for the sake of getting the job. But, adjusting to your interviewers demeanor can help both of you feel a little more comfortable with each other – and once that connection is built, you’ll have an easier time letting the conversation flow and being able to truly determine if this is the company for you.

4. Don’t save your questions for the end

When you are nervously trying to get on your interviewer’s good side, it’s easy to fall into a question- answer-question-answer routine. They and avoid this. To make a more genuine connection with your interviewer, I’ve found that it’s helpful to interject relevant questions throughout the conversation, instead of saving them all for the wrap-up. For example, if the interviewer asks you to talk about your most significant accomplishment at your last job, after you have answered, continue with a question that moves the conversation along, like, “I’d be excited to start making significant contributions here as well, what are some of your companies current goals or projects?” This will spark a back and forth conversation, which will not only help you learn more about the company, but will show that you are truly interested in this opportunity. Make sure to really listen to the answers.

And there you have it. Now go out there and smash those interviews out the park!

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