Developing Interview Rapport

In the interview rapport is hugely important. When you strip away the questions, the answers, your sharp suit and the shiny shoes it is essentially about a meeting between two people. The first impression impression of course counts for a lot. Rapport works in a similar way in that people will very often overlook what comes out of your mouth, if they get “good vibes” about you. That is the power of rapport.

Once the interviewer gets a “good feeling” about you, you are on your way. Your job is to create a meeting of minds with the interviewer. By developing a strong rapport you are satisfying the interviewers need to know that you will fit the team, one of the core questions of the interview.

Tips to creating interview rapport

Look the part / look like you fit in

How you dress matters. It doesn’t just send a message about your fashion sense, but also about your attitude. Trying to impress the interviewer by talking about your attention to detail? It could all be undermined by a pair of unpolished shoes. Make sure your dress reflects the person you want to be.

Talk their language / show you fit the company

With the right company knowledge you’ll be able to show you re well versed in issues that are relevant to the company you want to join. As part of your company research read the mission statement – find out about the challenges the organisation and your future department will face, and think about how you have worked towards achieving similar objectives in your own career.

Ask the right questions

Asking the right interview questions can be a powerful rapport builder, helping you to align your interests with the interviewer and the company. As you do, the interview becomes a much more collaborative process.

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Show enthusiasm through preparation

Your preparation signals your commitment and professionalism, to the interviewer. It won’t go unnoticed.

Avoid benefits and salary

You want to adopt a “we” state of mind with you on the same side of the fence as the interviewer. Avoid talking about benefits and salary. There will be plenty of time for that later on.

Let them know you want the job

Like what you’ve seen? Then let the interviewer know. They will be looking to see you are still enthusiastic about the position after learning more about what they have to offer, and are much more likely to make you an offer if they believe you will accept it.

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