3 Ways Your Smile Can Help You Land (or Lose) Your Dream Job
Did you know that it takes the average person just seven seconds to form a first impression of someone? When it comes to job interviews, that’s a startling fact.
We know how important it can be to put forward a great first impression when we are interviewing for a new role, but one thing which you can do to improve those first few seconds of meeting your interviewer dramatically it is to smile. You’ll come across as easy to talk to and enthusiastic about the opportunity, immediately.
Interviews can be nerve-wracking, creating stress and pressure as you answer questions, which means it’s more important than ever to smile. Smiling is a natural part of any conversation, and can go a long way to relaxing the mood, and play a key role in helping you land your dream a job.
A warm, genuine smile gives an insight into the best parts of your personality. A warm smile creates a calm feeling of trust and helps convinces those around you that you are approachable and open. These are all desirable qualities for a colleague and employee.
Have you ever noticed that you feel happier when other people smile? That’s because the majority of us mimic a smile when we see one, and smiling sends a signal to the brain which reinforcing and promoting feelings of joy and pleasure. So, if you want your interviewer to relax and enjoy your interview then remember to smile. You may well find that the atmosphere in the interview room suddenly becomes lighter.
A genuine smile has a ton of benefits during an interview, but it’s essential that you don’t force it. A false smile can be more detrimental to your interview than not smiling at all. Studies have found that the human brain easily recognizes a false smile as different facial muscles are used to create it compared to a natural one. As forced smiles are often used to mask negative emotion, you could achieve the opposite reaction to what you were hoping for. The interviewer may feel uncomfortable, and you could come across as insincere. Relax and keep your smile natural.
The way your teeth look has an impact on the way people perceive you. Studies have shown that participants with discolored teeth indicate poorer ratings for social competence (how popular, friendly or trustworthy they appeared), intellectual ability, relationship status and psychological adjustment (how introverted, happy or self-confident they appeared). Whiter teeth received more positive appraisals, suggesting that tooth color does influence social perceptions. When participants were given pictures of people with discolored teeth, they rated that person as having the lower intellectual ability. If you smile at an employer with discolored teeth, they might subconsciously assume you’re less intelligent than your competition. It may sound crazy, but that’s what studies show.
So, why do humans see a smile as a sign of friendliness? One of the reasons is when you smile you activate muscles that reduce the size of your vocal cavity taking your voice to a slightly higher pitch. Try saying “Hi baby” in a deep voice. Now try the same exercise but using a high pitched voice. You will notice that you can’t make a high pitched sound with your voice unless you smile.
Remember, this also translates into phone interviews. As an example, when you’re smiling, you have a higher pitched voice and thus sound less threatening. That is what people call “hearing your smile.” They can’t see you smiling on the other side of the phone, but they hear it. Whenever you’re on a call, make it a point to smile. You may notice that people are more receptive to your message and often, more persuasive.
If you’re based in New York, looking to land a dream job, preparing for an interview, or want to feel better about your smile, contact us now to arrange a complimentary consult at our Tribeca Practice.
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