ACE That Interview With These Psychological Tricks

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By Ann Gabriel | Negosentro

Job interviews are crucial in getting your dream job. Ever wonder how to get that job come true? Most hiring managers interview a lot of people. That’s why, it’s important to identify your hook and match it with some psychological tricks.

1. Schedule your interview between 9:30am – 10:30am on a Tuesday

In general, you should avoid early morning interviews because interviewers are busy planning out for the day. Mondays are the busiest. Avoid early morning meetings by choosing an interview schedule from 9:30am – 10:30am. You do not want your interviewer preoccupied with everything he needs to get done that day. In this way, you can be safe from early morning traffic and be able to come on time *wink*

2. Wear the image you want to project

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Based on the Career Builder Survey of Human Resource professional, different clothing colors resembles distinct impressions.

23% recommended wearing blue clothing (teamplayer)

15% recommended wearing black clothing (leadership potential)

Meanwhile, 25% recommended not wearing orange as it signifies unprofessionalism

While, the other colors suggest:

Red – Power

Gray – Analytical

Brown – Dependable

Green, Yellow, and Purple – Creative

3. Match your answers with the interviewer’s age

When you match your answers to what your interviewer wants to hear, you start to develop a connection.

Generation Y (20-30 years old)

  • Tech savvy, prefers to communicate more quickly, family oriented, ambitious, team players, and good communicators
  • Highlight your ability to multitask

Generation X (30-50 years old)

  • Independent, resilient, high adaptability, artistic
  • Highlight your creativity and link to success

Baby Boomer (50-70 years old)

  • Goal oriented and team builder
  • Highlight your dedication to work and show respect

Silent Generation (70-90 years old)

  • Veterans, traditions, loyal, hard working, tech-challenged
  • Highlight your commitment in a job

4. Find commonality with your interviewer

In social psychology, similarity refers to how closely attitudes, values, interests and personality match between people. Research has consistently shown that similarity leads to interpersonal attraction and increase in liking. So if you sense that the interviewer values a certain topic, try to share something about it.