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‘Good luck with the interview!’

Published: Tuesday 13th June 2017

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‘Good luck with the interview tomorrow!’

How many times have we heard that?

Lots, if you’re an active job seeker. And sometimes, luck may well seem a factor in landing (or not) your next job. Maybe traffic was unusually heavy on the way to the interview which left you late and flustered. Or you had a catastrophic laptop/clothing failure in the middle of the interview. Bad Luck!

Or perhaps you just chanced upon a job advert that turned out to be your perfect job. Now that was a stroke of good luck.

Just maybe we make our own luck. Many would say it’s not luck, it’s preparation, research, planning. But there’s no doubt that a substantial proportion of jobseekers will consider certain elements of their jobhunting or interviewing fortuitous, or influenced by luck. And another proportion who go a step beyond that and actively try to ensure good fortune in their new job search – and especially the interview element – by means of lucky charms, lucky items or other such superstitious devices.

And why not. Studies have shown they work. ‘The more strongly participants believed in their good luck charms, the more confident they were’. Certainly, in an interview situation, more confidence is desired. Perhaps a better phrase is ‘more comfortable’ since the more comfortable you are the better you might perform in an interview. It’s a placebo effect – the lucky item doesn’t cause any change in you, but believe in it does.

What procedures, items, thoughts or incantations do you hold dear as essential to provide you with that extra bit of luck for your interview? Lucky clothing: tie, earrings, jacket? A lucky item like a coin, rosary, or rabbit’s foot (does anyone actually have these?). Or maybe a lucky breakfast on the day of the interview, or other lucky interview-day routines?

Or is the third interview the job you are convinced you will land? Or would you avoid interviews on a Friday 13th?

There’s obviously a scale of ‘superstitiousness’, with perhaps most of us engaging a few light-hearted calls to the god Fortuna. But as we’ve talked about many times before, it really is the preparation, not the superstition, that will land you your next job. Could you imagine answering an interview question like ‘Why should we give you this job?’ with ‘Because I’ve got a lucky rabbit’s foot’…

Having said all that, you can increase your chances of landing the perfect job by searching with Zoek!

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