Keep smiling and know the impact of a positive attitude within the recruitment process!
Many of us have been in this situation: facing the first personal contact with a recruiter. It’s a common phenomenon to be nervous and ask yourself how to relieve the inner tension during an interview. You may ask yourself how you can positively influence the tense atmosphere.
Needless to say, this issue has been examined scientifically. Psychological and neurobiological researchers have pursued the possibilities of influencing the decisions of your counterpart through individual expressions and behaviour.
How smiling affects your brain
The act of smiling activates the release of neurotransmitters that benefit your happiness and work toward fighting off stress. When smiling, the feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are released and serve as a natural mood lifter.
Moreover, these studies have generally come to the conclusion that smiling is contagious. The scientific foundation for this phenomenon lies within the cingulate cortex, an unconscious automatic response area. Additionally the existence of so-called “mirror neurons” has been proven by different researches in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Simply said, your smile will not only raise your mood, but also positively affect the mood of people surrounded by you.
Not only that, but plenty of studies have also shown that when you smile, you appear more attractive and confident to other people. So if you are worried about the impression you will make on a job recruiter, then make sure to smile a lot. You will be sure to turn heads in a positive way. Additional studies have also shown that people consider you more trustworthy when you make eye contact with them and smile. People will trust you more!
Fun Fact: The just mentioned “mirror neurons” are also used in the field of marketing. Maybe you have noticed that watches in advertisements often show a particular time (10:10). But why?
Experimental studies have shown that your subconscious perception will recognize a smiling face by looking at the watch. Therefore, you will view the product in a more positive light which leads to a significant increase in your willingness to purchase the good. You are more positive about what you see.
When preparing for your next job interview, keep these interesting scientific findings in mind and smile! You will be perceived in a more positive way, whereas the odds of getting the job increase.
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