As an HR professional, I would like to share some top tips that could help you in your career no matter which industry you come from:
Best color to wear during an interview:
Color psychologists have compiled a report for best colors to wear for an interview, they believe the color blue is soothing and indicates that you are trustworthy. It just so happens to be the highest percentage of the population’s favorite color.
Grey and black are also good colors to wear as both are neutral and give an element of formality and professionalism. These colors are perfect for an interview within a corporate environment.
When aiming to land a job in a younger and more dynamic business, wearing brown or green will give off a feeling of creativity which may be your game changer.
How to tell if someone is lying:
Everybody has their own body language. When they are saying one thing, their body may be saying something completely different. When someone lies, they usually display the following actions: prolonged eye contact, a rub of the nose, fidgety body movements, anxious arm and hand movements, and they will speak slowly but firmly.
Best time of the day to have an interview:
The best time of the day to be interviewed is at the beginning or the end of the day. Interviewers tend to remember the first and last people they meet during the day. If you’ve been scheduled for lunchtime or mid day, you will have to work extra hard to make a strong and lasting impression.
How long you have to make a first impression:
Researchers say you have five minutes to make a first impression. During this time, you will only have had personal greetings and introductions which shows how important it is to make a lasting impression. In advance of interviews or social settings, make sure you rehearse your greeting and small talk. Be sure to display an open and friendly body language, practice a firm handshake and remember to smile.
Best time of the day to ask for a raise:
The best time of day to ask your boss for a raise is first thing in the morning after they’ve had their coffee or any other morning ritual. You will need your boss’ undivided attention. Avoid times when they are hungry, about to leave the office, or have meetings scheduled. The same advice can be said for asking your boss about anything from holiday requests to discussions about future development within the firm.