Hi, I’m Dannily. In my past few decades working here at Groupon, I’ve picked up quite a few tips and tricks and wanted to share my thoughts on the hiring game. I’ll be posting regular articles on things I’ve learned and look forward to sharing my perspective. I encourage you to use my advice in your job search, and definitely keep it in mind if you come in for a Groupon interview.
Everything that a job seeker does can have an impact on a company’s decision making process. How they answer certain questions, whether they asked certain questions, and even the way they pronounce “caramel” (always “carmel” for casual settings, “caramel” when talking business), can influence whether an applicant gets hired. However, a recent article stated that nearly 98% of communication during a typical job interview is non-verbal.
There are certain practices when it comes to body language that are generally accepted amongst the recruiting world: an upright sitting posture, strong eye contact, and a firm handshake.
One area of non-verbal communication that is vastly overlooked throughout the industry is LAP (Listening Arm Placement). Few of the Groupon interviewees I meet with know how to hold their arms and hands when listening and this can be a make-or-break part of our interaction. Here I’ll shine a light on five best practices that can be used to help lock down that next great career opportunity.
1. The Senior Portrait
This is one of the best hand positions to use when your interviewer is describing some of the health benefits and company perks. It shows that you are attentively listening, but you’re also ready for the ID Badge photo to be taken at any time. (Warning: do not use in combination with a head nod, as this will come across as condescending.)
2. The Bus Driver
The symmetry shows strong attention to detail. The fists show strength. The position of your hands says you’ll work at least from 8 – 3 and can steer the company in the right direction.
3. The Worshipper (aka The Grass Blade Blower)
Stumped on a question? Not sure how to respond to an in depth inquiry? Trying to forget you need to use the restroom? Use this technique to show you have layers and to convey the idea that you’re in deep thought. If properly used with a one word response, the weight this positioning carries can be increased five-fold.
4. The I Dream Of Genie
Gives off a spiritual vibe without being too in your face. It’s also effective for hiding large shirt stains.
5. The Police Custody
Sometimes an interview can feel like an interrogation. Let the interviewer know that the only thing you’re guilty of is nailing this interview. You can either clench your fists or go both palms down on the table (palms down style is commonly known as the Manicure Customer).
So how does this affect your interview ROI? Easy, just follow this simple formula:
# of Interview Questions
LAP positions used X barometric pressure of room
These five Listening Arm Positions are industry standards, but they’re just guidelines. LAP is a great way to add some personality to an interview, so don’t be afraid to get creative and show off. And remember, if all goes south and you can’t find an LAP that suits you, there’s always the option to bury your face in your hands and quietly cry.