The word like has taken on a new meaning with the advent of Facebook. Virtually every site you visit on the Internet gives you the option of liking the page or liking the article. But when it comes to a job interview, likeability takes on much more significance. There is little to no risk involved with liking a webpage, but if employers like you, you are likely to land the job. Conversely, if they don’t like you, you may not get the job even if you are highly qualified.
Many recruiters talk about cultural fit when they are engaged in the selection of candidates. This simply refers to whether or not you are a good match with the culture of the organization. Some organizations have a culture of camaraderie while others maintain a culture of competition. Some companies are very informal and the dress code reflects that whereas other companies are very formal, and you are expected to look the part.
You will increase your likeability or the sense that you fit into the culture of the organization by engaging in some of the following behaviors during the interview process:
Build Rapport—Even while you are waiting in the lobby for the interviewer, you can start building rapport by being friendly to the receptionist. It’s also a good idea to be observant of your surroundings to see if there are any visual clues as to the culture of the organization. When you sit down with the interviewer(s), try to find common ground. You should have already researched the company as well as the interviewer(s) and have talking points that relate to not just the position that you are applying for, but the background of the interviewer too.
Be Engaging—One way to increase your likeability is to share relevant stories in response to commonly asked questions that start to build bridges between you and the interviewer. For example, you might be asked the question, “What are your strengths?” This is an opportunity for you to not just list some of your strongest skills or personal attributes, but to also share a story that the interviewer can relate to. You could talk about a time when your attributes of hard work and loyalty put you in a tough spot, but then show how you were able to overcome adversity and make the situation a win-win for your company as well as for the client. Sharing stories is a powerful way to engage your interviewer and start to boost your likeability factor.
Demonstrate your sense of humor—Sometimes candidates are so intent on saying the right thing that they come off stiff and boring. But funny people are likeable people. Now of course you don’t want to go too far with showing your sense of humor, but being able to laugh makes you more likeable. So if you have a funny story about getting stuck in traffic on the way to the interview, you can bring that up during the short period that the interviewer usually gives for chitchat before you get into the interview proper. It will relax you, and it will create a bond between you and your potential employer.
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