Music that motivates

May 16, 2018 | Job Interview | Christopher Arimont

What kind of music should you listen to before a job interview?

Music has a positive impact on motivation, productivity at work, and self-confidence. A team from the Kellogg School of Management asked whether music can have a motivating effect in certain professional contexts such as at a job interview. Under the leadership of Professor of Marketing Derek Rucker, the team conducted a series of tests in order to determine what style of music one should listen to before a job interview or even a meeting.

The first test involved candidates being put in a “lab” where they had to classify several different musical tracks according to whether or not it encouraged feelings or self-confidence or optimism. At the end of the test, the researchers concluded that the best tracks to listen to were those that promoted the greatest feelings of self-confidence and energised the listener the most.

Though it might easily be seen as a rather trivial matter, perhaps the result of one of yet another pseudoscientific study from America, when you actually look into it, it really does present practical information about the kind of music you should listen to if you want to get motivated before an important interview.

The one thing that really separates the “motivating” tracks from the “non-motivating” ones: the bass line. The higher the bass line, the more likely the track is to be found at the top of the list.

Music – it could be maintained – has an influence on self-confidence, especially when you have to speak in front of people or start a dialogue. What differentiates the tracks that one should listen to is not a matter of style – the researchers stressed that the one thing that really separates the “motivating” tracks from the “non-motivating” ones: the bass line. The higher the bass line, the more likely the track is to be found at the top of the list.

So, what track should you actually opt to listen to? As always, this is a matter of personal preference that every individual is going to have to answer for themselves. A job applicant should choose the track that motivates them the most.

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