There’s a lot of evidence that suggests when you smile you’re releasing dopamine, endorphins and serotonin, all neurotransmitters that affect your ability to feel good. So if you happen to be nervous during your interview remember to flash a smile and kick those endorphins into gear to help you relax. When you’re more relaxed you’ll be better able to impress the interviewers with your responses.
It’s no secret you get back what you give. If you don’t believe this to be true, the next time you’re in an interview smile and see how many smiles you get back in return. A sincere smile can work magic to lighten the tension among strangers. Suddenly you’re in a room among friends.
When you’re on a phone interview don’t forget to break out your smile. You can hear the difference in someone’s voice over the phone if they’re smiling, or not. When you talk and smile the pitch of your voice changes. You sound interested and engaged. Recruiters conduct hundreds of phone interviews and get very good at being able to tell if you’re smiling. You stand a better chance of getting screened out if you aren’t smiling.
From the time you walk in the door to an interview, you’re being judged. The company wants to know that you’re going to fit in and work as a member of the team. Of course asking good questions and engaging with the team are important, too. But sometimes, a smile is worth a thousand words.
Smiling is a good tool to have in your back pocket when you’re negotiating your offer, too, especially if it’s face-to-face. A smile portrays a positive attitude and helps the recruiter want to work with you.
If you ask me, I believe a smile can definitely help you get the job.