The ability to properly present yourself is an important skill, especially during a job interview. This is because recruiters don’t only take your professionalism and experience into account, but also your confidence level, how well you speak, and many other things. However, aside from your skills, there are also some psychological techniques that can help you get the job of your dreams faster and easier.
We have reviewed some new studies and found tricks on how to make recruiters more interested in you.
1. Don’t make appointments for Mondays or Fridays.
Psychologists and experienced recruiters have found the perfect time for a job interview: Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On this day and at this time, you have the best chance of making a great impression on your employer and here’s why: Monday is a difficult day for everyone, and the HR department is no exception. On Fridays, everyone is thinking about the weekend. So, the time you can use to your advantage is in the middle of the week as long as it’s not in the very early morning.
2. Open legs can ruin a first impression.
The color of your clothes has a big impact on how other people see you. For example, if you’re wearing a blue or a brown suit, it means that you’re a serious candidate. The only color that automatically repels employers unanimously is orange. But color is not the only thing you should keep in mind.
Don’t forget about the tights. Surveys show that a small detail like this is actually huge! Women with open legs on job interviews are believed to be frivolous.
And one more thing about high heels — psychologically, tall people look like leaders and professionals. Even their average salary is higher than those who are shorter.
3. A clothing trick that will instantly make anyone like you.
In psychology, there’s a term known as positive reinforcement — it’s a pleasant result of a person’s willingness to continue doing something. You can use this effect to your advantage.
The reinforcement can be very different (like money or praise) but when looking for a job, you will need similarity attraction. Even the strictest employer will subconsciously trust the job seeker if they find that they have something in common with them like hobbies, clothing taste, music, or books. Even if you’re not the perfect candidate, similarity attraction will win you more points.
4. There are words you should never say.
Some words are like red flags for employers. Psychologists even conducted a special study and found that words such as “like” and hesitations significantly reduce the chances of finding a job.
However, this rule works only if your recruiter is older than 30-40. Younger headhunters are less picky about the vocabulary you use.