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Interview Tip #8 SMILE

Smile to change the mood of an interview
Smile to change the mood of an interview
Mary Sherwood Sevinsky

Review. Well, you probably have a little better understanding of what the experts mean when they say it is important to prepare for the interview. We are mainly covering the interview “soft skills” in this series. In the next we will review the “nuts and bolts!”

So far in this series:

Practicing – Over Preparing

Taking Notes

Wearing Appropriate and Comfortable Clothes.

Visit the location the day before the interview

Relax – do try to cram for an important interview

Breathe instead of saying um

Strike a pose to communicate you are thinking

Early on, we discussed how to prepare to attend the interview. Tip #6 and #7 were the first tip concerned with DURING THE INTERVIEW. This tip is likewise concerned with the during the interview period.

Smile. Really – remind yourself to smile!

People can hear it in your voice when you smile. If you have ever worked in telephone sales you have direct experience (and training) for this. So, if someone on the phone can “hear” and react positively to you smiling however distantly don’t you think smiling in person would also have a positive effect? Of course!

Yes, you want to project your best business persona - dress, bearing, confident, etc. But, you also want to communicate a sense of humanity and personality. A bit of levity can lighten the mood and even lead to a more conversational tone that can work in your favor!

Often when I work with clients who are shy or introverted, they can become comfortable (sometimes when sharing their “weakness”) letting the interviewer know that she or his is introverted. By this point in the interview the potential employer probably already has surmised this so it often leads to at least a smile, sometimes a chuckle.

You want the interviewer to remember you pleasantly. You want to come across as someone the employer and your coworkers would look forward to interacting with. Don’t you? Yes! Smile!

Smiling can also put you in a positive mindset and calm your nerves as your brain will come to understand, “Hey, I must be happy; I’m smiling.” Next time you are in a bad mood try it. You will see the effect it has on not only yourself, but those you interact with.

To recap


The interviewer will respond positively

You will give the impression others would like to interact with you

It may put you at ease and change the tone of the interview

So, you have practiced (see Interview Tip #1), prepared your notes (Tip #2), and have appropriate, comfortable clothes to wear (see Interview Tip #3), Interview Tip #4 shared the importance of visiting the location the day before, and Tip #5, was relax. They all addressed preparation and tips for before the interview. Tip # 6 (Breathe), Tip #7 Strike a pose, Tip #8 Smile, and Tip #9 - Ask Questions and Interview Tip #10 (Watch your body language) deal with that nerve racking During-The-Interview period.

Good Luck!

Here is a list of resources for possible interview questions and other resources:

Articles in my blog


Articles on the Web

Mary Sherwood Sevinsky

Mary is a CAREER AND OCCUPATIONAL CONSULTANT who is masters-prepared and certified. She is a business owner with nearly 20 years of experience in Corporate Management, Career Assessment & Counseling and in writing Career Articles and Educational Materials.

She has worked as a CORPORATE MANAGER experienced in hiring, firing and managing a staff of professionals with a multimillion dollar budget. She enjoys WRITING AND EDITING and has spent many years developing Marketing Materials and Presentations, Writing Proposals and Plans, and Conducting Staff Development Sessions in addition to working as a vocational consultant. Learn more about Mary and her services:

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