13 Non-Obvious Things That Can Influence the Outcome of Your Job Interview

“During a job interview, what you know and how experienced you are is really important. But sometimes, there are other unexpected things that can affect whether you get the job. If you understand these unusual factors, it can help you make a better impression and increase your chances of getting hired.

PK Developer has put together a list of these less obvious things that can really impact the outcome of your job interview.”

13. The weather on the day of your interview

“Some research shows that the weather can impact how well things go, especially important events like job interviews. It can affect both the people being interviewed and the recruiters. Some individuals feel different depending on the weather – for example, rainy days might make them less focused and even grumpy. People who have interviews on gloomy, rainy days tend to do worse than those interviewed on sunny days. So, if you can, it’s a good idea to schedule your job interview on a day when the weather is expected to be nice.”

12. How early you arrive for an interview

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“Experts suggest it’s a good idea to arrive a little early for a job interview, but if you arrive too early, it might not be a good thing. The recruiter might think you’re very nervous or trying to rush them. So, it’s best to aim to arrive about 10-15 minutes before the interview time. If you happen to get there even earlier, you can wait outside or in your car.”

11. Your position in line

  • “It’s not a good idea to be the first person in line for a job interview because recruiters tend to compare you to others, and the first person sets the standard. So, there’s a chance others might do better.
  • Also, being the last person in line isn’t great either. After making many decisions, people can get tired and may not evaluate you as well, especially if the interview is at the end of the day.
  • The best spot to be is right before the middle of the line. People often rate those at the very end lower, especially if the people before you did well.”

10. The color of your outfit

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HR experts recommend wearing clothes in traditional colors like black, blue, or brown for a job interview. Avoid wearing bright colors like orange or anything that stands out too much. You can save your creative fashion choices for other times when it’s more appropriate.

9. The place you choose to sit

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When you’re asked to sit down during the interview feel free to adjust the chair the way you like it. This action can tells the recruiter that you’re confident and willing to take charge. It can boost your chances of getting the job.

8. How much you love yourself

Heavily narcissistic candidates or people with high self-esteem get offers more often than others. They can present themselves well and convince others that they’re useful. HR specialists can’t help but feel the same way.

7. Accepting an offer for a beverage

If someone offers you coffee or tea during the interview, how you respond depends on who’s making the offer. If it’s an administrator, you can say “yes,” but if it’s the recruiter, it’s better to say “no” so they don’t have to spend time making coffee.

6. Where you place your hands during a conversation

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Gentle and appropriate hand movements can make your conversation more interesting and affect how the interviewer perceives you.

  • If your palms are open, it shows you’re honest, which is a good thing.
  • Putting your palms down indicates confidence, which is helpful for managerial roles.
  • Hiding your hands, like putting them in your pockets, might make the recruiter think you’re keeping something secret.
  • Placing your hands on your chest signals defensiveness or disagreement, which is not a positive impression to create during the interview.

5. Your voice and accent

It might be surprising, but soon, some companies will use a person’s voice to determine if they’re a good fit for a job. They will assess things like how pleasant the voice sounds, how calm it is and other qualities that matter for that job.

Sadly some employers unfairly view having a foreign accent as a disadvantage and may believe that people with accents can’t hold manager positions. It’s not fair but it’s important to be aware of this possibility.

4. How much you sweat

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If you’re sweating a lot because you’re very nervous before an interview, here’s a helpful tip ask for a glass of water while you’re waiting. This can help lower your body temperature and reduce excessive sweating.

3. Your attitude toward others

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How you treat others says a lot about you, even more than your resume. HR specialists might notice how you interact with fellow employees, even those in lower positions like janitors. Being polite to everyone can improve your chances of getting the job.

2. The place you’re from

If you and the HR specialist are from the same city or neighborhood, it can be a big plus for you. This is because we tend to like and connect more with people who share something in common with us, even if it’s just where we come from.

1. Sending an email

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After the interview, waiting for the result is an important step. You can send a thank you letter within 24 hours after the interview preferably during working hours. If you delay sending the letter, the employer might think you’re not really interested in the job or they might forget about you.

Have you changed jobs frequently. Were there any unusual things that helped or stopped you from getting a job?

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