Applying for a Job? How to Connect with your Interviewer
Justin Mahabir | February, 21, 2023
Interviewing for a job is a skill in and of itself. Whether you are someone who is comfortable in an interview setting or requires lengthy and detailed preparation, it might be wise to keep in mind that an interview is similar, in one key way, to other social encounters where you are meeting someone for the first time: people often gravitate towards individuals they establish a connection with.
With that in mind, let us examine a few ways in which you can connect with your interviewer.
1. Be on time
One thing that leaves a good impression and helps to communicate your interest is arriving on time or slightly early for an interview, be it in person or virtual. Arriving for an interview in a timely manner signifies that you have prioritized the meeting in your schedule and that you are intent on honouring your commitment. This can help you connect with your interviewer as they will undoubtedly appreciate having been made a priority.
2. Body language
Interviewing for a job is a social encounter. Making eye contact frequently while conversing, smiling, and leaning slightly forward in your chair are ways you can communicate, without using words, to show your interest in a position and in what other speakers are saying. Each of these subtle gestures is a non-verbal cue that, whether consciously or not, can be used to communicate emotions and intentions. It should be noted, however, that although positive body language can be effective in a virtual interview, it can be difficult to perceive. Body language is important to understand and can help you to make a good impression, however, remember that there are many other factors that can also contribute to the impression you make.
3. Conscious Communication
It can be easy to let your mind race in an interview with thoughts of what you need to say and how your responses are being received. Try to focus on being present during your limited time with the interviewer. Listen carefully to what is being said, give yourself adequate time to respond to the questions you are being asked, and ask questions that demonstrate an interest in the interviewer, the organization, and/or the role you are applying for. Conscientious engagement and thoughtful communication convey that you are genuinely attempting to connect with the interviewer, which can score you points for being personable and attentive.
4. Follow up
After an interview, you may be thinking to yourself, “That’s done and it’s out of my hands now.” However, if you are indeed keen on getting hired at a place you interviewed at, then there is more that you can do after ending the interview. Remember, interviews are just a social interaction with a job on the line. If you remove the job, then it is just people chatting. One thing friends do after getting together is they often follow up a little while later to express the pleasure they took in spending time with their friend and express a desire to do so again soon.
After a job interview, a well-timed follow-up email to an interview is not just a social nicety, it may be a way to strengthen the connection that you worked hard to create during the interview and deepen the positive association the interviewer has with you.
By following these recommendations for a genuine and authentic interaction, you may be able to bond with your interviewer, or possibly create a social connection that may elevate your candidacy and improve your chances of getting a job offer.
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