Many job seekers find it challenging to blend two important things – the interview and a smile. The act of smiling has been scientifically studied, and it relays happiness, authenticity, and trust across cultures and generations. Most of the time, it happens subconsciously. That’s not usually the case during a job interview. The first impression you make gives a smile all that much more importance, which will now be explained in more detail.
During the first few seconds of the interview, a friendly smile will tell the interviewer you are easy going and enthusiastic. It also shows that you are confident in your abilities and eager to help others along. Those who smile more also help create a more pleasant environment. Other people don’t simply believe they should feel happier; smiling triggers a signal to the brain, so its effects are innate. You may even get your interviewer to relax and remember your discussion as a positive experience, which may work in your favor later on.
Be Careful of Too Much of a Good Thing
It is important to smile during a job interview. Just be careful not to do so too much. Smiling excessively will only make you look weird and detached. Try to make your smiles appropriate based on the moment and what is being discussed; if the interviewer is talking about industry facts, a big grin will look kind of odd. A false smile will too; it involves different facial muscles, and your interviewer’s brain will interpret it in a negative light and they may even feel uncomfortable.
Keep Your Teeth Looking Nice
In addition to your body language, your teeth tell a story too. Check in the mirror for spinach or any other foods that might be left over from your last meal. Many people consider teeth whiteners a few days earlier, which can lighten things a few shades to give off your best impression.
The more you relax during the interview, the easier it is to avoid awkward facial expressions. It is important for your nerves to not get in the way. Being relaxed will also make it easier to assert your confidence and smile naturally during the conversation. Try thinking positive thoughts and drawing your attention to attractive colors, humorous signs, or anything around that you find brings on a smile. If you do, chances are the job interview will turn out much better.