Have you ever finished an interview and felt like you just left an awkward first date? When the questions primarily revolve around your job skills and work history, it can be hard to show your true personality. When interviewing for a job, it can be pretty basic—recruiters and interviewers want to hire people who not only will be a good fit for the job, but also people whom they like! Working in a little extra personality to your interview can take you far and maybe earn you the right to a second date!
Here are three ways to add your personality to your interview:
Enthusiasm can take you far: It is easier to coast a car down a hill than to push it uphill. The same goes for coasting through conversation! Start with your best smile (this even works for phone interviews!) and a confident tone. Enthusiasm and positive energy is contagious so by engaging your interviewer with a friendly tone, your interviewer will likely mirror your level of enthusiasm. Starting conversation on a high note will set you up for an easier ride through the conversation.
But don’t be fake: Keep in mind that your interviewer is a real person, so sincerity goes a long way. Go into the interview with your goal being to understand them rather than expecting them to understand you. This small change in mindset increases your level of curiosity, showing your interviewer that you genuinely care.
Good ol’ Southern hospitality goes a long way: Show your personality by sending thank you note or email. Don’t simply thank the interviewer for his or her time, but mention specific parts of the conversation that you enjoyed. This will show your interviewer that you were highly engaged during the interview!
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