In the Star Wars universe, the Jedi are able to do incredible things. Using the mystical Force, they can manipulate those around them, influence others to see things their way and even predict the future. These are all things any job applicant would love to be able to do – and now you can.
While we can’t teach you to move things with your mind, we can offer some simple tricks that will give you Jedi-like powers during your application process.
Influence the way employers see you
The most basic Jedi mind trick is influencing others to ensure they look at you favourably. In a job interview, you want to come off as confident and passionate, and make a positive impression on the recruiters.
Where Jedi Knights can do this with a wave of the hand, in the real world it can be achieved through the use of body language. In this TED Talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy explains how standing in a power pose before you go into your interview can boost your confidence. Her studies have shown that interviewers respond more positively to applicants who do this, increasing their chance of getting hired.
Another trick is to use mimicry to align yourself with your interviewer. When you sit down, subtly copy their pose. Hold it for a few minutes, then slowly move and open yourself up. If the interviewer follows suit, it’s a sign of empathy and is a subtle way to make a positive impression.
Focus their attention
Your CV is a key part of any job application, and you’ll want to make sure the recruiter not only notices it but in particular sees the things that are most relevant to the role. Many hiring managers admit that they initially skim CVs and decide from there whether a closer look is required. So how does a Jedi ensure that they get through to the next stage?
While it may look odd at first, emboldening specific words and phrases on your CV makes them stand out at a quick glance. Achievements and awards, relevant skills and how you match important elements of job descriptions are all good things to emphasise. Draw the recruiter’s eye to the words you want them to see and increase your chances of being noticed immediately.
Predict the future
What applicant wouldn’t want this ability before going into a job interview? Knowing the questions in advance can be a real advantage, giving you a chance to prepare your answers beforehand.
Many interviewers will ask the same kinds of questions, such as what your strengths and weaknesses are, why you are interested in this specific role or where you see yourself in five years’ time.
You can also assume that they will ask about the skills mentioned in the job description. Think up some answers for these questions in advance, and don’t forget to come prepared with examples to back them up.