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By the time you get to the interview phase, you’ve already beat out perhaps hundreds of fellow candidates. But to get hired, you need to cross one last hurdle: impressing the hiring manager, face to face. Even if you’re already plenty charming, it can’t hurt to have some psychological tricks in your back pocket.

This week’s roundup looks at the mind games that can get you hired, plus seven things you’re not doing on LinkedIn (but should) and 70 different email sign-offs that aren’t “thanks” or “best.”

Alison Doyle at The Balance: 9 Ways to Use Psychology to Help You Get Hired

Want to impress the interviewer? Use “power-priming tactics.” Doyle explains:

In a job interview experiment where one group of applicants were asked to focus on a time in which they felt in control and empowered in their lives, and another group was instructed to reflect on a time when they felt disempowered, it was the first group — the power-primed group — that succeeded. Interviewers chose the power-primed group over the other group at a significantly higher rate.

Before your next interview, think about a time in your life when you felt successful and empowered — work-related, or personal — to increase your chances of getting hired.

Learn eight more tricks to help you get the job, here.

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Hannah Morgan at Career Sherpa: 7 Things You Could Be Doing On LinkedIn But Aren’t

“So you think you’ve used all the right buzz words in your LinkedIn profile, but still, recruiters aren’t knocking down your door?” Morgan writes. “What gives? LinkedIn isn’t just an online resume, it is a social network and an online portfolio. It’s time to stop lurking on LinkedIn. Draw attention to your profile by actually using LinkedIn.”

How do you do that? Start interacting with LinkedIn more like a social network and less like a static job resource. Morgan’s tips will show you how.

Kat Boogaard at The Muse: 70 Different Email Sign-offs (for When You’re Sick of Saying “Best”)

“I have an embarrassing confession: The vast majority of the time, I sign off my emails with ‘thanks!’ It doesn’t matter if I have anything to show appreciation for or not—it tends to be my default signature,” Boogaard writes.

If that’s you — or if you have another, similar go-to signoff like “best” — this list will help you mix things up a bit. (Note: “toodles” probably isn’t appropriate for business correspondence.)

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