How to Build Rapport During an Employment Interview

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Employment interviews can succeed or fail based on the behavior of those present. A nervous, edgy person may not show their true capabilities. By learning to build rapport during an employment interview, you can often increase the odds of a successful employer / employee match.

Method 1

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    Prepare thoroughly for the appointment. It's easier to stay calm during an interview when you arrive prepared and confident.
    • Organize your paperwork.
    • Choose your clothes the day before. Have them pressed and ready.
    • Familiarize yourself with the company's Web site.
    • Practice your answers to common interview questions.
    • Find out exactly where your interview will take place.
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    Make a solid first impression. Arrive 10 – 15 minutes early and present a calm, friendly exterior.
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    Smile and firmly shake hands while making eye contact with your interviewer.
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    Use posture to show confidence and interest in the conversation. Keep your back straight and your hands relaxed.
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    Listen closely and be present. The object is to connect with your interviewer, not to think about what you'll say next.
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    Answer questions honestly. Skilled interviewers can detect deception, and an honest, "I'm not sure," is preferable to a lie.
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    Ask about the company's goals. Showing interest helps build rapport during an employment interview.
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    Create a connection before you leave the office. Avoid empty compliments ("Nice suit!") and comment about something you have in common instead. ("Are those your kids in that photo? Mine are 4 and 6. They're a handful!") When you relate to an interviewer on a personal level, you make a lasting impression that can give you a competitive edge.
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    Thank the interviewer for his or her time and express that you enjoyed the meeting. Offer a genuine smile and a firm handshake as you exit.

Method 2

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    Start the interview on time. Extend a warm greeting with a smile to put the person at ease.
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    Help your applicant relax during an interview by setting a relaxed tone.
    • Use body language to convey an open, friendly attitude. Smile, and sit straight but comfortably in your chair. Keep your hands at rest when not taking interview notes.
    • Consider removing your jacket, loosening your tie or rolling up your sleeves (if appropriate to your company environment.)
    • Speak to your prospective employee in a warm, professional manner.
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    Comment on the person's strengths in a meaningful way. ("I see you have extensive experience in Social Media Marketing. Excellent! We're looking for an innovative person to expand our presence online.")
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    Encourage your interviewee to ask questions and give him or her plenty of time to answer yours.
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    Create a sense of solidarity. Find common ground where you can relate to one another, preferably on a social scale. ("You graduated from XYZ College. They have an outstanding football team. Are you a fan?")
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    End the interview on a positive note even if the candidate is unsuitable for the position. The applicant may talk to others about the experience, and your representation of the company matters.

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