Building rapport with your interviewers can give you a distinct competitive advantage over your competitors in an interview situation. Below are 3 tips on how to build rapport with your interviewer.
1. Dress to Impress
Have a look at your interviewers LinkedIn profile or just do a general search on Google Images and focus in on images of them in a corporate environment. Take note of the type of suit he/she wears and if your interviewer happens to be male, the type of tie he decides to wear. Aim for a similar look and he/she will be instantly impressed. If this is not possible from your wardrobe be sure to wear your best business attire and an interview will be impressed by the effort of which you have gone to.
2. The Handshake Greeting
A firm handshake with good eye contact is a good way of building up instant rapport. You don’t get a second chance at a first impression so a firm handshake accompanied by a smile and good eye contact is critical to a successful interview.
3. Focus on commonalities
There is always a period of small chat during an interview. If for example you googled your interviewer and found that they were trainers for their local GAA club and you happen to have a passion for GAA, you know exactly what to focus your attention on during your period of small chat. This will build and instant rapport.
Building rapport in interviews based on your attention to business attire, your initial greeting and focus on commonalities is sure to make you more memorable in your interviewer’s eyes, giving you a distinct competitive advantage over the competition.