Want a job – interview on Thursday at 9:30 AM

I have always encouraged people to choose Wednesday or Thursday interviews if possible.  Here’s some new research that adds to that advice.  People feel most agreeable on Thursday, according to a study from McGillUniversity in Montreal.  Researchers, who tracked behaviors in people working at least 30 hours a Luckyweek, found that we become more accommodating as the week progresses toward the weekend.  By Friday, though, the compliant mood is over:  We’re in a rush to finish things and start the weekend.  On Monday, it’s the pressure of the upcoming week.  Productivity peaks Tuesdays – so we’re back to Wednesday and Thursday as the best days to present yourself as a new part of the team.  (Also, you’ll get the best results if you choose between 9:00 and 11:00 AM for your interview.)

Here are some additional interview insights:

Body Language is 55% of the communication process.  Communication can be enhanced or hindered by standing too close or too far away or being too animated or frigid.

Tone of Voice is 38% of the communication process.  Excessive tone ranges, loudness or softness can open or close the “doorway” of communication.

Words make up only 7% of the communication process.  The proper words can effectively communicate your message— but only with proper body language and tone of voice,

And more:

  • Practice your handshake.  A weak handshake indicates a weak personality.  Reach for full palm-to-palm contact. Don’t offer just fingers.
  • Sit comfortably in the chair.  Don’t get too relaxed and slouch down.  Sit straight and lean forward slightly.  This shows interest and energy.  When you are excited about something you are relating and you want to show you are “charged,” lean forward in your chair.   When you want to show that you are very knowledgeable and confident, then you should lean back, and that will indicate your expertise.  Sit with your arms comfortably in your lap or on the chair arms.  Do not cross your arms; this is still universally seen as closing off or holding back.
  • Do not put your hands to your mouth.  This is perceived as deceptive or trying to hide the truth.  Avoid repetitive gestures.  Avoid pointing or any excessive movements.
  • Be aware of unique personal habits.  (I recently coached a client with a very annoying, sucking sound laugh, which she offered approximately every 30 seconds.  She was totally taken aback when I mentioned it and was genuinely unaware of its effect.)
  • Do not be uncomfortable with silence.  Experienced interviewers may purposely allow silence to see how you respond.  Use the silence to rehearse what you may want to offer or what you may want to ask.
  • Watch the overuse of uh-huh or filler words.  I once coached a struggling salesman who seemed to think that controlling the conversation was an effective selling technique.  Without drawing attention to it, I counted him saying “basically” 19 times in a three minute period.  He had allowed this one word to be used as a quick filler anytime his mind was momentarily blank.  Trust me; silence is better than the obnoxious overuse of a filler word.

All tips are resources from the package below:

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  • paul

    Thank you for pointing out the filler words people use. It reminds me of high school kids that say “like” way too often, or the people who fill the gaps with long ‘uhhhhh’s.

    I know a very talkative guy that times his breath in the middle of a sentence, so he doesn’t get interrupted (because you’re being polite by waiting for him to finish his sentence!). It’s actually fun to witness. I think he’s totally unconscious of the process too.

    I don’t entirely agree with leaning forward every time you seem charged or interested. I think building a good rapport, and actually being interested in the people that are interviewing you, will create a genuine body language that you don’t even have to think about.

    Now to get the “sucking sound laugh” out of my head…

    Thanks for the article! I learned something today.

  • Hi Dan,
    Another variable to consider is where you are in the sequence of interviews. If you can go first or last that is best. Last is better because the interviewers can compare you to the other candidates and make a quick decision. If you interview too early or in the middle you may be forgotten.

    • 48DaysDan

      Good point. All those “little” things do make a difference.

  • Ursula Harrison

    I need help

  • Ursula Harrison

    I am a 47 year old teacher in the public schools. I have 23 years of teaching but really do not enjoy my job and the pressure to raise school scores are starting to get to me. I have to create an exit strategy out of the classroom.. But here are my dilemmas. 1. I am a single parent and my son is only 8 years old and we rely on my income alone. If I retire from teaching with 25 years experience ( in two years) then my income will reduce to $2000 a month.
    2. I don’t know if I qualify for any other job.
    I have no exit strategy and or plan to move to a smooth transition to something else. The classroom is the only job I’ve had. Please I welcome any and all suggestions…..

    • Ursula,
      Wow you found a blog post I did over 4 years ago – but it’s still very applicable. Your questions are pretty extensive here. But no, you are not trapped. Certainly, your teaching skills and other developed talents make you a candidate to transition into something more fulfilling. Those 23 years may have just been the preparation for what’s coming next. I’m sending you a private email message – and will send you a copy of the new version of 48 Days to the Work You Love.

  • Yvette Nieves

    Dear Mr. Miller,
    I am writing to you for some guidance. I have been in the field of education for almost 20 years as both a teacher as well as a school administrator. My dream job is to become a teacher trainer/professional development presenter. I have a PhD in educational psychology and I have been in between jobs for almost 6 mos. I need help making this transition and would really appreciate your advice. Help me please