However good you are as a job candidate, you’re unlikely to be offered your next job without establishing one thing: “rapport” – that is, a good personal connection with the people interviewing you.
The first part of this article discussed how important it is to build rapport when starting your interview.
Here are three more important ways you can make the best impression on your interviewers:
If you’re applying for an ethical job, then passion is probably one of the key attributes your interviewer is looking for during the interview.
Are you passionate about the role? Or about the broader work that the organisation does? Don’t keep it a secret – make sure to let the interviewers know!
If you’re asked about why you’re interested in the role or the organisation, that’s the best time to show some passion. But even if you’re not asked, a great way to start or end the interview is to mention how passionate or excited you are about working for the organisation or in the particular role.
4) Asking questions genuinely
Interviews should be two-way conversations. As well as allowing a potential employer to find out about you, they are a chance for you to ask questions and find out more about what the role involves and the organisation’s culture, processes and work more generally.
But asking genuine questions in the interview can also be a good way to build rapport.
In particular, people love to talk about themselves! So getting your interviewers to open up and talk about themselves and their work will actually leave them with a better impression of the interview and of you.
There’s no perfect number of questions you should ask, but more than one is usually good. Interviewers should leave some time at the end of the interview for your questions, but if you’re deciding how many to ask and you’re unsure how long they have to answer your questions, just check with the interviewer.
Here are a few you might like to try:
- What do you personally like most about working here?
- How would you describe the culture of the organisation?
- What’s changed in the organisation since you started working here?
- Who are the people I’d be working most closely with in this role?
- What will be the biggest challenge in this role?
- What would you expect me to have achieved after 6 or 12 months in this role?
- What new initiatives or changes are on the horizon for the organisation?
5) Ending and leaving
How will your interviewers remember you after the interview is over?
According to research by Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman:
People judge experiences largely based on how they were at their peak (i.e., their most intense point) and at their end, rather than based on the total sum or average of every moment of the experience.
That means the end of your interview is one of the most important moments to make a good impression on your interviewer.
As with when you greeted your interviewer, ending with a warm smile, a handshake and some small talk is a good plan.
If you haven’t had a chance to mention it fully, you could also reiterate your passion or excitement about the role, or about the work of the organisation.
If you’ve successfully gone through these five steps, you’ve hopefully built a good rapport with your interviewer, so when they sit down to decide who gets the job, you’re the one who stands out as the person they’d really like to be working with.