Acing job interviews or anything with the power pose
2 minute read | 01.30.2021 |
Can our body language really affect things like job interviews or our entire life?
The answer is a simple “yes”.
Professor Amy Cuddy of the Harvard Business School gave a TED Talk about how tiny changes in body language can lead to extreme changes in your career with something she coins as “power poses”.
Seems a little too good to be true, right?
These “power poses” actually change your body chemistry to either help or hurt how other people perceive us.
They even have an effect on how we perform.
Let’s get into the good stuff.
What exactly is the “power pose”?
“Power poses” are open, nonverbal postures that are associated with dominance and power.
Here are a few examples:
- Standing with your hands on your hips and your legs spread apart.
- Sitting with your hands behind your head and your legs spread apart.
- Standing with your arms stretched wide open.
Holding these postures for just a few minutes can radically reconfigure your brain to make us more assertive, confident, relaxed, and fearless.
They can literally change the outcome of something important.
The science behind the “power pose”.
Research has shown that holding a “power pose” can increase testosterone by up to 20 percent and decrease cortisol by around 25 percent.
Testosterone is linked to dominance. Higher testosterone – more dominance, while lower testosterone means less dominance.
Cortisol is linked to stress. The higher your cortisol levels are the more stressed you will be, and vice versa. A lower cortisol level means decreased feelings of anxiety.
By increasing your testosterone and lowering your cortisol levels you are increasing dominance and tolerance, while decreasing fear and anxiety.
Harvard studies conclude that the most effective leaders naturally have higher testosterone and lower cortisol.
Now it’s time to use these poses to your advantage in a real life situation.
Now you don’t want to walk into a job interview, sit yourself down, and put your feet up on the interviewer’s desk while stretching your arms wide open. That would appear rude.
Instead you want to hold these poses for at least two minutes before a high-stress situation.
How do you sit while you are waiting for a job interview? Hold a “power pose” while you wait. Or take a few minutes in the bathroom and stand like Wonder Woman.
It is a very simple life hack that may be the difference between landing a great client or flopping big time.
If you have a friend or know anyone that would find this technique useful please share this with them.
And if you have any questions about “power poses” feel free to leave them in the comments.