Job interviews are a necessary but stressful step in landing your next job. After careful prep work and planning it all comes down to how you perform in the room and nerves can often get in the way of even the most confident interviewee. However, there is a simple and effective thing you can do to help you to relax and come across well to your interviewer: smile.
Smiling at natural moments, such as when greeting and leaving your interview, is an easy way to create a positive rapport with your interviewer. A smile is a simple and important part of your body language and conveys happiness but also confidence, openness and a sense that you are excited to be there.
An interview is not just about demonstrating hard skills but showing that you are a good communicator and can build rapport with other people and something as little as a smile can convey that you’re approachable and friendly.
There’s a lot behind a smile, with studies showing that it can have a positive impact on your mood as it causes the release of endorphins, or happy hormones, that can also reduce stress. While this may not completely obliterate job interview nerves, it will certainly help to start your interview on the right foot and present the best version of yourself.
Smiles are also proven to be contagious as studies show that we mirror the facial expressions of those around us. That means you could trigger that happy response in the interviewer too, which can also help create a more relaxed atmosphere.
For a smile to truly make an impact, it needs to be genuine and come at the right time. Don’t try and force a smile on your face all throughout the interview as this may give the impression you’re not serious about the job. Laugh and smile when it’s appropriate but try to keep your facial expressions relaxed in the meantime, avoiding that rigid, slightly grumpy resting face.
When it comes to succeeding in an interview, it’s often the small things that can make a difference and a smile is one of them. So make sure to flash it here and there in your next interview, and it might just help you secure that dream job.