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Do you have a good rapport during interviews?

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This article discusses how you can display the good interview rapport that job interviewers are seeking. If you have this good interview rapport, you are more likely to quickly be successful in your job hunt.

The job interviewer is often the supervisor that you would be working for. This supervisor wants to get a feel for your personality to determine if you would be easy to supervise and if you would get along well with others in the supervisor’s work unit.

This evaluation actually starts even before the interview. Your courtesy and friendliness with the receptionist is often an important factor when the supervisor evaluates your personality.

Every interview usually starts with several minutes of “breaking the ice." This is an excellent time for you to establish rapport with the interviewer. This small talk can consist of anything from talking about the weather to talking about commonalities between you and the interviewer.

For example, maybe you both come from the same home town or graduated from the same high school or college. You can discover this type of information from:

  1. Your research.
  2. Your earlier, casual conversation with the receptionist.
  3. Your observations of the decorations in the interviewer’s office.
  4. The interviewer's voluntary self-disclosure.
  5. A friend who already works for the company.

During the next, more formal stage of the interview, the time is right for you to show your enthusiasm for the company’s products or services, and the role you would play in helping to provide them. This will be hard to do if you do not feel some genuine enthusiasm.

During the interview, the evaluation of rapport is a two way process. Not only is the interviewer judging his or her rapport with you, but also, you should be judging your rapport with the interviewer who probably will be your supervisor. If you walk away from the interview with a feeling that working for this person and for this company would not be a good experience, then perhaps you should consider working for another company.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” The quality of your job interview rapport can showcase the social skills that interviewers are seeking.