If you’re getting plenty of interviews, but no job offers – it may be down to likability. Meaning, the interviewer couldn’t see themselves hanging out with you, or they didn't believe you’d fit in well with the company’s vibe. Experts say that 99-percent of all hiring decisions are affected by the applicant’s people skills – known as “soft skills.” Like, a good work ethic, a positive attitude, and smart time management. So, here’s how to show ‘em you’ve got what they want:
Step one: Arrive with a positive attitude. Some people are naturally bubbly and upbeat. But if you tend to be quiet and low-key, smile when you shake the interviewer's hand. And make an extra effort to sound enthusiastic and upbeat, so you don’t come of as dry, boring, or a total downer.
And don’t forget self-confidence. Because studies show that people are attracted to confidence.
That means, dress like it’s your first day on the job. Stand up tall, which automatically makes you look positive. And make direct eye contact with everyone you meet. And don’t forget to speak from your diaphragm, so your voice is strong, instead of sounding weak and nervous.
Another soft skill that can boost your job chances: Showing you’ve got a good work ethic. Hiring managers want workers who believe in what the company does. And who’ll go the extra mile to help the company succeed. So, provide examples about how you went above and beyond the call of duty in the past.
Finally, prove that time-management is important to you. That means, be prepared to explain how you prioritize the most important items first. Give examples of how you’ve delegated and how you always find creative ways to get things done, even on short notice. And the best way to prove you have time management skills is to show up on time for the interview. The sweet spot is no more than 10 minutes early.