You Got This! Walking into an interview is never easy. You’re nervous, sweaty, and overthinking every little thing you do. Even if you’ve prepared for this interview as much as you can, here are a few tips to prepare you for the big one-on-one.
Before the Interview: Power Posing
“Power posing” is an open stance that when held for at least 5 minutes, can change body chemistry and increase confidence. An experiment by Amy Cuddy, a professor at Harvard, found that subjects that prepared for an interview with a power pose had better composure, more confidence, and more interesting speeches.
Obviously, all three of these things led to better overall performance evaluations. There are a few different power poses you can try out but the most common one is the typical “superhero” stance.
While waiting for your interview to start, try to maintain a good posture and place your briefcase or bag to the left. Placing it on the left decreases the chance of having an awkward encounter when going in for the handshake.
Don’t let the picture fool you. This is NOT a good handshake!
Most people will say that the number one thing in an interview is the handshake. It’s true! The handshake is your interviewer’s first impression of you so it is important that you practice it with a friend in advance. Your goal should be a handshake with a firm grip while maintaining eye contact…. don’t forget to smile!
During the Interview: Posture is Key
While conversation is the main focus here, your interviewer will still be taking into account your body language. Body language says a lot so sitting up straight while leaning in a little here is key. By leaning in you are conveying your interest in the conversation you are having.
Don’t cross your arms or make yourself appear smaller. Remember you’re trying to appear confident so uncross your arms and use hand motions when speaking.
During the interview, mirror your body to your interviewer’s. People naturally like people who look and act like them so it only makes sense that mirroring creates a sense of bonding between you and your interviewer which makes them feel more comfortable.
It is hard to consciously mirror someone while listening to them so be sure to practice this skill beforehand with a friend or family member.
After the Interview: Repeat!
At the end of the interview, you want to do pretty much everything you did in the beginning. Your handshake counts here too so make sure it’s a good one! Repeat the names of everyone you meet in the interview and let them know that you’re looking forward to hearing from them.
Make sure you walk out of your interview with a confident stride. At the end of the day send a follow-up email. Mention things you talked about in the interview and thank them for taking the time to meet with you. Emails are the quickest way to follow up an interview but sending a letter or leaving a phone call is a great way too.