Psychological Tricks to Crack a Job Interview

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As important as it is to prepare for an interview, remember that the interviewer is a person just like you – they are also influenced by cognitive bias and preferences. Here are some certain subtle psychological tricks that increase the chances of you being hired.

When you first meet your interviewer, make eye contact with them.

According to research, people who establish constant eye contact while speaking are thought to be smarter than those who do not. Eye contact builds trust, shows your interest and that you are a good listener.

The time of your interview makes a lot of difference.

The best time for an interview is not when you are up for an interview, but rather when the interviewer is ready to take the interview. In case you get the chance to choose the time yourself, prefer the timing of 10:30 a.m. in the morning on a Tuesday. This is usually the time a recruiter is relatively free and relaxed. In general, avoid interviews early in the morning, or the last thing in the day. Early mornings usually tend to have the interviewer preoccupied with other things needed to be finished in the day, while at the end of the day the interviewer would be thinking about going home.

Use the chameleon effect.

The “chameleon effect” is a psychological phenomenon in which people are more likely to like each other when they have a similar body language. For example, if your interviewer is leaning forward on the table with hands on it, copy the same. Most of the time the interviewer wouldn’t even notice, but at the sub-conscious level, it creates an impression you are a team player. 

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Choose your outfit color to project what you want the interviewer to perceive you as.

The color of your outfit in an interview shows what kind of person you are. It sub-consciously affects the mind of the interviewer. Blue signifies that you are a team player, and is usually the most preferred color to wear. Then comes blacks, with shows potential as a leader. A white outfit is a symbol of an organized person, while grey means you’re trying say you’re an analytical person who works likes to work on a logical base. Red suggests powerfulness, and brown is a sign of dependability. That being said, orange is not a color to wear to interviews, it suggests a candidate is unprofessional.

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Give answers tailored according to the interviewer’s age.

According to the age of the interviewer, you could expect what kind of answers they would want to hear from you. for an interviewer between 20 and 30 years, aka the Generation Y, use visual representations of the works you’ve done and emphasize your multitasking abilities. Generation X interviewers, aged between 30 and 50 years prefer to hear about creativity and how your work-life balance has been important for your success. 

The Baby Boomers, i.e., interviewers who are between 50 and 70 years would like to know that you are a hard worker. They’d also appreciate if you show respect for what they’ve achieved themselves. Silent Generation interviewers, the ones between 70 and 90, like to hear about your loyalty and how you’ve shown your commitment to jobs you’ve worked in before.


How you place your hands matters.

In a job interview, your hand gestures add to the overall impression you make on the interviewer. Keeping your palms open is a sign of sincerity. Making a steeple with your hands by pressing the hand’s fingertips together shows confidence of a candidate. Avoid holding your palms downward, it signifies dominance. Also avoid hiding your hands, it makes it feel like you’re hiding something; while tapping your fingers, shows impatience and folding your arms, is perceived as a sign of disappointment. Hands gestures should be used in a limited way, overusing hand gestures could be distracting.

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Say thank you at the end of the interview.

While saying thank you to show your gratitude is an underestimated action, it certainly enhances how the interviewer feels.


As important it is to be prepared about the technical aspects of an interview, it is also important to show your likability to interviewers, to increase your chances of getting selected for the job. Use these psychological tricks next time and increase your chances in landing in your dream job.

By: Srinithya Ravinuthala

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