All things being equal, the company is going to hire the candidate whom they like better. As a job applicant, you can have all the qualifications in the world, but if you don’t have the likability factor, you’re going in with a disadvantage.
Luckily, this can be improved going forward; here are 3 easy ways to do so:
1. Take an interest in both the company and person. When you take an interest in a company, it means doing the proper research prior to the interview, however it goes further. To make an interviewer like you better than other applicants, the secret is in taking an interest in them and discussing what you can do for them.
Going into your next interview, stop thinking about what this person can do for you and be motivated by what you can do for them. You’ll come across more outgoing, more engaging and more upbeat, thus being more likable.
2. Smile and be energetic. A smile is worth a million dollars, it will make you happier and it is the most simplistic way to gain an advantage over other interviewers. Sam Walton, founder of Walmart implemented a rule that when employees pass customers, they smile at them.
While it didn’t cost anything, the tactic proved highly profitable as people enjoyed shopping around happy employees who were there to help. The same goes with interviewing. Even on your worst day, force yourself to smile, it will make you feel better and it doesn’t cost a dime.
3. A sincere compliment and appreciation never hurt anyone. Think about the last time someone gave you a compliment – even small, how did it make you feel? Did you warm up to the individual? What about the last time someone thanked you for taking time out of your day?
Interviewers are human beings, too. If you like something about the company or about their office, etc. tell them. Be friendly; people enjoy a sincere compliment and always thank the individual for their time – we all think we are busier than the next person, but the interviewer who takes the second to thank the individual is all the wiser and all the more likable.
In the End
You can’t control the qualifications of the other interviewers going for the job; that is one facet that is entirely out of your hands. However, you can make sure that you are the most likable of the candidates, thus bridging gaps in any discrepancies in your qualifications.