When we were in the mountains last week, my brother in law alerted me to this article. Basically, some one has put together a study which has found that if you stand like a super hero for 2 minutes before you go into a job interview, you are more likely to get the job! This is known as a Preparatory Power Pose – which we instantly shortened to ‘triple P’ or ‘PPP’.
|Take your choice of pose|
A lot of discussion ensued. For instance, what constitutes a super hero pose, as opposed to a ‘model on the runway’, or a ‘pilgrim surveying their land’ pose? We spent considerable time, perfecting our PPP, and so I can tell you that it seems to be all in the shoulders, neck and upper chest. (I can’t believe we spent time working on this – it is obviously summer holiday time!)
Also, is it possible to just visualise your PPP or do you actually have to do it? Can this same principle be applied to other situations eg should I strike a pose before dealing with a difficult student?? Should I get students to do a PPP before exams to improve their results?
Most importantly, what would your potential employer think if they happened to catch you mid triple P??? Would you really employ someone who stands like Superman before the interview?
What a mine field!
As I already have a job, I can’t really test the theory, but I thought that I would put it out there as a community service.
You are welcome!
Also if any one can put me in touch with someone who will fund questionable research, I have some ideas for follow up studies that I am looking for financial backing… perhaps if I do a triple P, I will be more likely to get the funding????