Should You Use Jazz Hands in Your Next Interview?

banana jazz hands

If you interview with an organization that is not really into innovating, where the culture is strong for employees “knowing their place” and not stepping out of line, then:

Do not use jazz hands.

By that I mean, don’t show your personality, don’t raise your voice, and don’t laugh too much. HR isn’t all that funny to these people. This is serious business, and your demeanor should reflect that.

The only exception is if you want to do a little “Happy Hands” Club action, a la Napoleon Dynamite. That is probably sufficiently choreographed as to refrain from rattling your interviewers in a highly structured setting.

Happy Hands

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You may be saying to yourself right now, “Why would you use jazz hands in an interview in the first place? You would look like a total fool.”

With experience, many of us, especially those of us in HR that see the hiring process play out over and over ad nauseum, eventually realize that getting the job can be a booby prize. If you get the wrong job, it’s hard to turn that giant cruise ship of your career around, while you leave another little piece of your heart in a place that doesn’t appreciate who you are and what you have to offer.

So even if your job search takes a little longer, consider heeding this advice:

Use jazz hands if that is who you are. And don’t, if it isn’t.

Visit Solve HR, Inc.

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Author: Kelly Marinelli

HR Consultant & employment compliance geek

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