I have always encouraged people to choose Tuesday or Wednesday interviews if possible. Here’s some new research that adds to that advice. People feel most productive and most agreeable on Tuesday, according to a study from McGill University in Montreal. By Thursday, people are starting to think about the weekend and on Friday, 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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays as the best days to present yourself as a new part of the team.
In terms of time of day for your interview:
- Avoid early morning interviews
- Don’t schedule for the last meeting of the day
- Avoid just before or just after lunch
- We know most hiring decisions are made in the morning. In the afternoon, interviewers become less friendly and more critical
So – schedule your interview for 10:30 on a Tuesday morning, sharp and prepared, and you’ll blow the competition out of the water.
Here are some additional interview insights:
Body Language is 55% of the communication process. You can enhance or hinder communication 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,
- 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. Lean forward in your chair when you are excited about something you are relating and you want to show you are “charged.” 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.
Share this Post