Friday, October 23, 2009

10 Rules for a Phenomenal Job Interview

Rule 9: Remember the power of body language. Your communication message comes through in three elements:

1. Verbal – what you say (the words you choose).
2. Vocal – how you say what you say (inflection, volume, intonation).
3. Visual – what you look like (body language).

Okay, here is what is really important. Your message comes through each of these elements in different percentages (which means some of the elements of communication are more important than others). Only 7% of your message comes through in your verbal (words), 38% comes through in your vocal (intonation) and 55% comes through in your visual (body language). That means what you look like, your facial expressions, how you sit, how you shake hands all convey more of your real message than what you say and how you say it. This is because what you really feel is conveyed to your 53 facial muscles without any “editing.”

When it comes to the words we choose and the way we say things, we can edit and control our delivery. So watch your body language. If the interviewer describes a the hours of the job and you hate working second shift, you may say “fine” but your face will convey that hours are not fine. You may actually roll your eyes or shake your head as you say fine. The interviewer believes your body language more than your spoken language.

The same works in the reverse. When your body language is excited, interested and engaged, it creates a greater impression than just if your language and tone is upbeat and positive. So get excited about your interview – it will show.

Rule 10: Have fun. 

Now not many people think that interviews are fun but think for a minute about how differently you feel and act when you are stressed and when you are having fun. Which showcases the better you? Then shouldn’t you look to find a way to be relaxed, be casual, be conversation and be human? And when you act this way, you will find the interviewer (if they weren’t wise enough to act this way from the start) will join you. And for fun I mean be focused but casual. Ask questions about how the workplace has a good time. Ask questions about what the interviewer does for fun when he/she is not working. Share what hobbies you have because your hobbies show your passions. Not only does this give the interviewer more information about you (and good information), but when you talk about the things you love to do, you get more energized, more relaxed and more confident. These are the attributes they need to see in the interview. Warning – stay away from sharing jokes unless you are great at it. Most jokes backfire. But fun isn’t always about jokes.

Remember – be sincere, honest and human. Show what you are great at. Be confident in your abilities. Speak from the heart. Find out the facts. Be sure you fit for them and they fit for you. Then, once hired, blow them away with your great performance. Good luck. Be great.

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