Hit that Dream Interview
As ready as we may think we are for the interview, in the creeping hours close to it, we all get the jitters. Especially if it’s a job we really, really want. To mitigate this nervousness and ensure that you’re on your complete A-game, here are three psychological tricks you can leverage to score that interview.
Dress Your Personality, Using Colors
Ask yourself, which personal qualities would you want to be noticed during your interview? Of course, it depends on the job and corporate culture. That part you must research. Depending on what you find, you can colour-code your attire accordingly. Turns out, the colours you wear subconsciously say a lot about your personality to interviewers. If your employer is looking for a bold risk-taker, then make sure you have a splash of red on. Or, maybe they’re looking for a trustworthy and dependable individual. In which case, it’s best to go in blue.
By leveraging colour psychology, you can subtly tell the interviewer that you’re exactly what they’re looking for.
• Yellow: Warmth, clarity, and optimism
• Orange: Friendly, confident, and cheerful
• Red: Bold, excitement, and youthfulness
• Pink: Wise, creative, and imaginative
• Blue: Strength, trust, and dependable
• Green: Peaceful, health and growth
• Light Gray: Neutral, balance, and calm
• Four or More Rainbow Colors: Diversity
Optimize Your Interview Schedule
Did you know that your interview date and time could harm (or better) your chances of getting the job? It’s wisest to try and book an interview slot on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10 and 10:30 a.m. This way, you likely avoid the first and last appointment of their day. You might be wondering, now, why would you do that? Aren’t they the most memorable?
Though that idea may be right in other situations, it’s not the case for interviews. It’s harder to focus during these early and late time frames because you’re usually tired or are eager to go home. By avoiding the weekend fests, nearby lunchtime hours, and the start and end of the day, it’s more likely that your interviewer is in the right headspace, so you can build a connection easier.
Match Your Interviewer’s Style
Your resume is a demonstration of your credentials. Your interview, though, is a test for your personality. Since your presentation is under assessment, it makes sense to sell ourselves in a way that connects with them the most.
Different age groups of managers have been researched to prioritize certain pieces of information over others.
Remember that none of these tips are exclusive to each age group. In fact, you should do all these things in every interview as you see fit. But, this is a general guideline on what you should emphasize depending on your interviewer:
• Ages 20 to 30 – Highlight that you’re a strong multitasker and can handle quick turnarounds. Since these guys are heavier on tech (like you), have a visual portfolio on standby to impress and connect to Generation Y interviewers.
• 30 to 50 – Flex your creativity and critical thinking. If the opportunity arises, attribute your professional success and personal success to your work/life balance–they appreciate that, being family-oriented peeps first hand.
• 50 to 70 – Show that you’re an eager-to-learn hustler who likes to accomplish goals and not afraid to get their hands dirty. Show respect for what they’ve achieved and your willingness to be guided by them as experienced mentors.
• 70 to 90 – Respect is everything here. Offer a firm handshake and make eye contact. Commend all the accomplishments your interviewer made in their career and let em know you’re a fan. Bring up examples of your loyalty and commitment to previous jobs. Naturally, you may be asked why you’re leaving your old job, the best way to frame it is as a matter of passion and career growth. Don’t ever badmouth coworkers, even if they deserve it (if you must, just say the corporate culture just wasn’t the best fit), nor suggest that you’re leaving for more money.
So, dress with the right colours, optimize your interview time, and match the interviewer’s style. These are three great ways to stand out and be remembered so you can land that dream job.