Land Your Dream Grad Job With The 7-38-55 Rule

Take every advantage you can when finding a post-grad job.

Congratulations, recent graduate! You might be wondering, “What’s next?” now that the glow of graduation has worn off a bit. Unfortunately for you, it’s likely going to involve finding a job or internship to get your career started.

And while the job market isn’t completely detrimental right now, securing a job is no easy feat, especially for a recent graduate. You might not have as much experience as your employers would like, or maybe you’re struggling to get your foot in the door at all. Regardless, this new trick will increase your odds of finding a job ASAP.

Find out how the 7-38-55 rule is going to revolutionize your job hunt and interview process.

What is the 7-38-55 rule?

The rule originates from UCLA professor of psychology Albert Mehrabian. The theory argues that nonverbal communication is the key factor in mundane, everyday interactions with people.

According to research from two recent studies presented in his book Silent Message, Mehrabian breaks it down for us. 7% of all communication is verbal, 38% of communication is through tone of voice, and a whopping 55% of all communication comes from body language.

He then breaks down the impact of elements such as facial expressions, tone of voice, and eye contact. The overall message? How you say things carries a much heavier weight than what you say.

How can you integrate the 7-38-55 rule into your career?

And while that’s all fine and dandy, you’re probably wondering how you can actually use this information to your advantage. The 7-38-55 rule is especially crucial when it comes to the interviewing process. First impressions are everything, after all.

Forming a connection with your interviewer is important, so focus on maintaining eye contact when speaking and sounding confident. You want your employer to feel sure about hiring you, so doing everything in your power to make them feel secure in their choice will help.

Here are some other tips to help you use the 7-38-55 rule in your next job interview:

  • Prepare a list of smart questions to ask during the interview
  • Treat everyone with respect (you never know who the hiring manager is going to ask for feedback)
  • Be genuine and positive to keep the atmosphere upbeat (that means smile!)
  • Answer truthfully, but with confidence
  • Keep responses concise and focused
  • Ask about next steps

Regardless of how you use the 7-38-55 rule (relationships, jobs, friendships, etc.), it will certainly have a positive impact on you and those you interact with. Now go forth with confidence and snag that dream job you’ve been working torwards!

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