How personal aura impacts on your interview performance

Marlon Mai February 3, 2015 3 mins read

Aura is an invisible force – a detectable personal atmosphere showing itself in reality. Personal aura and its influences, in most cases, are perceptible even when we meet someone for the first time.

Someone may have a strong and thick aura, which is so powerful that makes others feel pressured; others have a weak and less influential aura which is forceless, unnoticeable and can be easily neglected. 

During a job interview, it is also one of the most crucial and attractive professional qualities particularly for candidates who are expected to be extremely experienced in team management or highly capable in dealing with complicated interpersonal relations. Despite its importance, this quality, however, may never be specified in a job description.

Aura can be strong or weak, just as personalities, living environments and working atmospheres can vary among different individuals. 

Employers often told me that certain professionals, even though technically they are qualified, do not have any advantages over other competitors. This is either because, during the interview, they were a bit uneasy or had gone too casual, having unnatural body gestures and eye contact, or simply because their performance was far from impressive. 

Employers, after meeting such professionals, will have a great deal of concern about whether the interviewees’ aura is strong enough to influence their colleagues or clients. That also explains why many professionals, even though being qualified and having met all the requirements prescribed in the job description, can only receive a result which is less than satisfying.

So if you want to impress your future employer during interviews, learning how to control your aura skillfully will be of great help. 

1. Pay attention to your dress and appearance
As the old saying goes “a tailor makes a man”, your aura will, to some extent, be strengthened if you dress properly. 

2. Be well prepared
Lack of preparation can lead to anxiety and makes you feel nervous during an interview, especially when you have to answer a question that you are unfamiliar with. 

So try your best to be as familiar as can be with the relevant information, such as the job responsibilities, background information on company products, its business performance, to name but a few. Don’t panic, though, even if you do come across some tricky questions that you have not taken into account during the preparation. Stay calm and clear minded, and gives the best possible answer based on your personal experience. 

Sometimes, it is not a perfect answer but the capability of dealing with emergencies that your interviewers are expecting from you. 

3. Think like superiors
In your daily work, pay close attention to problem-solving tactics used by your boss and see what communication skills are helping them to deal with people from different departments of all levels. In a long run, their behavior and manners will influence yours, in a positive manner.

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Managing Director | Finance & Accounting, IT, Sales & Marketing Recruitment
mmai@morganmckinley.com