What's one of the most important things in getting ahead in the word? In snagging that job and working well with others? You might think it's years of experience or education, but you'd be wrong. It's being likable!
People are unconsciously swayed by likability. Here are tips on being that likable person:
Make eye contact and smile. A genuine smile and appropriate eye contact are vital.
Be positive and happy. It's contagious.
Listen first, then speak. Really concentrate on what someone is saying and ask follow up questions. You will show you took the time to listen and understand.
Compliment others, particular on something they have put effort into. Most people do not receive enough compliments in a day.
Spend a small amount of time talking about non-work topics to get to know someone. It makes professional interactions easier.
Ask questions. People love to talk about themselves!
Be quick to apologize if you make a mistake. It displays your humility.
How can you apply your likability skills in a job interview?
Smile and shake hands enthusiastically.
Speak about a subject other than the job. Show a genuine interest in the interviewer and ask a question about them.
Interview your interviewer by asking what kind of person they are looking for.
Be open and honest with your weaknesses. If you don’t have a lot of experience say that.
Leave the best till last and only bring up your good points after your interviewer gets to know you a bit. This comes off as being less boastful about yourself, and will be more memorable after the interview.
Try and close the deal. Ask for the job in a polite but assertive way.
What can you do to practice? Work on making eye-contact. Put the headphones and electronic devices away and talk to people. Make it a point to compliment five people each and every day. See how great you feel!