Strategies to Help You Connect With an Interviewer
Interviewing for a new job is an incredibly nerve-wracking experience. By now, you’ve probably practiced responses to every common interview question imaginable, but that’s not the only thing that matters.
By this part of the process, most — if not all — candidates already have the skills needed to do the job. Therefore, the interviewer is trying to determine which person is the best overall fit for the team. People want to hire candidates they connect with, so use these strategies to build rapport.
Find a Common Bond
Prior to the meeting, research the interviewer to learn more about them. In today’s digital era, it should be simple to find the person on social media and review their profile to search for common ground. This may include anything from a shared alma mater to having the same favorite football team. Gain a competitive advantage by stealthily incorporating your findings into conversation during the interview. You certainly won’t blend in with the other candidates if you spend a few minutes with the interviewer discussing your side-by-side hometowns.
Ask Engaging Questions
Conversation should always be a two-way street — even during a job interview. Candidates who simply let the interviewer do all the talking are boring and appear disinterested in the position. Avoid falling into this trap by being prepared with a host of engaging questions that require more than a “yes” or “no” response. This builds an energizing dynamic and conveys your genuine excitement for the job.
Mirror Their Body Language
People feel comfortable with those who have similar mannerisms, so subtly parallel the interviewer’s body language. Clearly, this technique must be delicately executed so the person doesn’t realize you’re mirroring them. You don’t need to use the exact same movements; just focus on following a similar style. This will help you earn their trust and view you as someone they’d like to have as a colleague.
Maintain the Same Energy Level
Similar to shared body language, matching the interviewer’s energy level is a must. If the person is notably low energy, they’ll feel a disconnect if you’re too over the top — and vice versa. Again, this is your opportunity to sell yourself as a great fit for the team, so they need to envision you as part of it. Of course, no matter what, you need to appear excited about the job. The manner in which you convey your enthusiasm will just vary by interviewer.
Put Your Personality on Display
When you’re nervous, it’s easy to button up and keep your personality locked away; however, this won’t help you hit it off with the interviewer. Remind yourself to smile and laugh — if appropriate. It should go without saying you must remain politically correct at all times, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be personable.
Working hard to connect with the interviewer can also help gauge your fit for the job. Company culture is just as important — if not more — than the job duties itself, so find out now if this is an environment where you will thrive. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you find your next behavioral health position, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.