Merry Christmas! While it’s the Christmas Day holiday, the New Year is quickly approaching. Believe it or not, it will soon be the year 2020.
You might already be thinking about how you’re going to approach your career in the New Year. Some of you are probably considering a job change. Even if you’re not considering one right now, you may consider one later in 2020.
So we’re going to end this year with a tip for mastering the face-to-face interview, since you might find yourself in one at some point in 2020. That tip is as follows: Determine the interaction and socializing style of those interviewing you and “mirror” that style when communicating with them.
How can the “mirroring” technique help you during an interview? In these four key ways:
#1—You can put the other person at ease and make them feel comfortable.
Meeting somebody for the first time can be stressful, even for a hiring manager or HR representative. The last thing you want to do as a job candidate is make the other person feel uncomfortable. That would not bode well for your candidacy. Instead, “mirroring” can help you to “get off on the right foot” and set the proper, most productive tone for the interview.
#2—You can connect better with the other person.
Connection is a big part of an interview. The person (or people) conducting the interview are assessing more than just your skills and experience. They’re also assessing how well they interact with you. Or more specifically, they’re assessing how well you interact with them. The better that you connect with the people conducting the interview, the better the chances for your candidacy.
#3—You can communicate more effectively with the other person.
Communication is critical during a face-to-face interview. That’s because you should be trying to communicate the value that you could provide to the company should the organization hire you. So strive to communicate in the manner in which the other person appears to feel comfortable. If they’re more reserved, then tone down your normally outgoing nature. (Unless you’re also normally reserved.)
#4—You can be more memorable after the interview is over.
This is perhaps the most important point. As a job candidate, one of your top priorities is to be memorable after the interview has ended. If you’re not memorable, then it’s as if you were never there in the first place, and that just equates to a big waste of time. You want to leave the interview on better standing then when you arrived for it, and “mirroring” is a technique that can help you accomplish that goal.
Enjoy the final week of 2019!
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