How to Be More Persuasive in Interviews

Convincing someone that you’re the best candidate for a position requires that you engender in them a good feeling about you personally.  You need to find subtle ways to make the interviewer feel as though they really like you.  Senior editor at Monster, Charles Purdy recently wrote an article offering tips on how to make yourself likable to an interviewer without coming off as a creepy stalker or a clowning ham.  The tips are: 1. Show that you can be the solution to a problem. 2. Use specific examples. 3. Talk in soundbites. 4. Explain the “how” behind your accomplishments. 5. Use the right nonverbal communication. 6. Show enthusiasm. To learn the details of these activities, click here.

2 Responses to “How to Be More Persuasive in Interviews”

  1. I like this posting, because I can relate to it. It gave some very good points on areas where I need to improve about myself in an interview. I get very nervous and anxious about going to an interview. I also get stuck when they ask questions about me, why I think they should hire me or to tell them what my strengths are. This gave me some pointers on what to do and will practice doing them.

  2. When a person looks upwards they are often thinking. In particular they are probably making pictures in their head and thus may well be an indicator of a visual thinker.

    When they are delivering a speech or presentation, looking up may be their recalling their prepared words.

    Looking upwards and to the left can indicate recalling a memory. Looking upwards and the right can indicate imaginative construction of a picture (which can betray a liar).

    Looking down involves not looking at the other person, which may be a sign of submission. It can also indicate that the person is feeling guilty.

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