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Establishing a good rapport with someone you’ve just met can be a tough ask. Whatever else you have to offer, it’s going to be difficult to make it beyond the first round of interviews and secure a job if you’re unable to make your interviewers feel you’re on the same wavelength as them. Here are some tips on how to establish that emotional connection.
It’d be nice if we could summon confidence at a moment’s notice, but sometimes that wellspring of courage can be hard to find. Arguably, going to an interview is one of the more important experiences that requires a plentiful supply of conviction. If you’re not the most extroverted of people, here’s some advice that might help.
Successfully navigating a job interview is rarely easy. You’re expected to give informative and honest answers on the spot while simultaneously proving you’re a likeable person who is a good cultural fit for the company. By the time you get to the end, you just want to get the hell out of there and wait hopefully by the phone. Instead, try wrapping up the interview with some intelligent questions of your own — you’d be surprised how much this can help your chances.
A common complaint among job seekers: It felt like you nailed the interview, but weeks later you still haven’t heard from the company. Subtle signs during the interview could tip you off that the hiring manager has already decided you’re not the right fit, such as when you’re only asked simple questions.