How To Bluff Through an Interview

Bluffing your way through an interview seems a little dangerous. The possibility that you could be discovered, especially if this is a position you really want, could end up with you losing the job. However, bluffing your way through an interview can be done, very subtly. You cannot give any indication that you are, indeed, trying to bluff your way through.

  1. Beginning the interview, approach your interviewer with a nice, warm, disarming smile. This is your first attempt at throwing your interviewer off-balance - appear as friendly and as approachable as possible. Shake hands with the interviewer as you introduce yourself. Give a good, firm handshake, with just the right amount of grip that conveys how sincere you are in being pleased to meet this person face-to-face. A good handshake is a sign of self-confidence as well, and it is step in building your bluffing armor. An off-topic comment about the office may also help your cause.
  2. When the interviewer starts using psychological questions, understand that he or she is trying to get you to recount specific, concrete events in your work history first. They will want you to recall a specific problem, how you solved it, and what the end results were. Be ready for this question, as it is often asked in interviews. Choose a situation where you had to deal with a problem wherein your expertise or competence saved the day, but only with the help of the strong working relationships you were able to build with your team. Do not over-hype the situation. Say it matter-of-factly, and do not overemphasize your role. Doing this will enable you to convey your personal contribution to your field and your ability to work with other people. You must appear as if your past work experiences have prepared you to deal with anything, and this is what you can bring to the company.
  3. Never mention money as your primary motivator when asked why you are looking for another job. This turns interviewers off quickly. Instead, do research on the company prior to the interview. Look at their history, find out what they do, their main product line, and use this as your primary motivation for wanting to be a part of their company. This is the part where you build up the company, and then you end with how you could be of service to their organization.
  4. Do not cross your arms, as crossed arms are body language for not being receptive. Don't fidget or act nervous, don't cross your legs or appear too relaxed. Maintain a posture that shows you respect your interviewer, and that you are very interested in what he or she has to say about the job and the company.
  5. When talking about yourself, always understand that the interviewer has a copy of your CV. There is no need to grossly exaggerate your work experiences - you can get caught exaggerating immediately. Speak of your work experiences as they were, but be sure to emphasize that it was also due to your capabilities that the problems got solved and the projects were completed on time and to the best of your ability.


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