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6 Ways to Help You Build a Rapport at Your Scientific Job Interview

by Lorna Crombie at CK Group (Science, Clinical, Engineers and IT Recruitment)


No matter what science job it is that you are interviewing for, you will always have a better shot at getting it if you develop a good rapport with your interviewer. By connecting with the interviewer on a more personal level, you are ultimately more likely to land yourself that great job in science.

Here are a few helpful hints to help you to build a rapport during your interview:

1. Show a genuine interest in the interviewer:

- Smile when you first meet your interviewer

- Establish and maintain eye contact throughout your interview

- Be the first to say hello

- Use your interviewers name

- Try to do more listening than talking

2. Subtly mirror the interviewers ...

- Tone of voice

- Body language − wait 10 seconds and then shift your body to the same position as the interviewer

- Speech patterns − does the interviewer like to talk about things in detail or do they prefer to look at the bigger picture? You do the same.

- Head nods − when they nod their head, nod yours. This is a signal of agreement.

3. Repeat what the interviewer says:

- After they have spoken, provide a brief synopsis of what they have said. This shows that you are listening and that you agree with what they"re saying.

4. Asking questions:

- Without interrupting, make sure you ask questions. This will show you the interviewer that you are taking a real interest in what they are saying and in the scientific company.

5. Dress smartly:

- In order to build a rapport you need to present yourself in the best possible way.

6. Thank them for their time

- Follow up with an email or a letter to thank them and let them know you appreciate them taking the time to see you.

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