I do quite a bit of one-on-one interview coaching with my clients prior to their upcoming job interviews, and I’ve found that executives at the highest levels in some of the largest companies, who have gotten to where they are by being an “alpha” personality, can crumble during the mock interviews I put them through. (Now, it’s better that they break down with me, so that I can build them up, vs. dissolving into a puddle of incoherent goo during a high-pressure interview.)
What I have learned is that it is a precious combination of being comfortable, confident and in control that will help you win the interview. I’d like to disclose three secrets to maintaining these “3 C’s” of nonverbal communication.
Here are the 3 secrets to being perceived as comfortable, confident and in control during a high-pressure interview:
IT’S ALL IN THE EYES
Everyone has heard that it’s essential to maintain eye contact during an interview. That’s Interview Basics 101. However, when we’re put in a stressful situation, our eyes can dart quickly back and forth, even if we maintain control of our head and are facing the interviewer.
KNOW YOUR OCTAVES
A little known fact about in-person communication is that only 7% of what we communicate is the actual words that we say. Five times that amount is communicated by our vocal inflection and the tonality of our voice.
When a person doesn’t feel in total control of a conversation, either on the phone or in person, they tend to “check in” with the other person too often. By “checking in,” I mean asking the interviewer if they are making sense, or if they answered the interviewer’s question, or if they are being understood…
USE THESE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
This information can make you feel less anxious about an upcoming executive “high stakes” interview, knowing that you have control over a lot of how the interviewer feels about you at the end of the interview.
This may seem like a lot of information to absorb, and if you want a further breakdown of all of these strategies, feel free to watch the video I made giving this advice by clicking the video above or click here to watch the video. I go into greater detail of each one of these subjects, and even give you an extra secret to winning the heart and mind of the decision maker!
If you would like some personalized coaching in your next interview process by ME, call our office at (816) 600-2478 or simply email me at Tammy@BeyondJobSearching.com . We also work with executives to rebrand you to create a larger executive and thought leadership presence, and we can work with you very closely until you land your next position.