Songs with a heavy bass sound can help get you psyched up for a job interview. But what should you play if preparing for work presentation or asking for a pay rise?
Past scientific research has ascertained that specific music can illicit specific emotions in us. Iron Maiden, for example, can make you walk faster, while Jessie J will make you want to watch the DVD extras on a Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson film while you drool slowly on to a pillow. Now a new study – The Music of Power: Perceptual and Behavioral Consequences of Powerful Music – published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology has isolated the bass as the key factor in what can make us feel invincible for a job interview.
The study identified 50 Cent's In Da Club, Queen's We Will Rock You and 2 Unlimited's Get Ready For This as "power songs" to help get you psyched up for an interview. But which other bass-heavy songs would work best for nerve-shredding business situations?
Song for a job interview: Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
A job interview is all about projecting the person you want to be, lying about the charity work you tirelessly do and saying, "My biggest weakness … is that I work too hard", with the winsome look of a finalist on Toddlers & Tiaras. Stevie's sunny song is perfect for putting you in the mindset of that charismatic charmer/sociopath you want to be.
Song for starting a conversation with a new colleague: the Seinfeld theme song
What better sound to loosen up your fingers (ready for conversational gesticulation) than the theme song to Seinfeld? One solitary listen and potential new office buddies beware! Via a couple of air-slap bass gestures it will make you believe that you are wearing a psychological mullet and are as hilarious as Jerry Seinfeld.
Song for doing a presentation: Good Times by Chic
Pre-presentation, you need to seek out the sanctuary of your own personal "happy place". For me, it's the beige anonymity of the high street and nothing makes me feel more like I'm in a chain restaurant with a fixed price, all-you-can-eat salad buffet option than this classic from Nile and Bernard.
Song for asking for a pay rise: Give It Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Before the pay rise conversation you need a good argument listing all the extra responsibility you take on, illuminating why you deserve more money. Except you can't think of anything other than "bought some coffee filters once". No matter. Listen to this bro-rock anthem and you will feel the joy of altruism. Hopefully your boss will too.
Song for quitting your job: Ace of Spades by Motörhead
Dear The Man, you think a rock'n'roll rebel such as Lemmy gives two hoots about your "rules" about the recycling bin, the amount of pens I take out of the stationary cupboard or whether I wash my Hands-Off-My-Mug! mug in the communal washing area? Think again. You can stick your job because, like the Ace of Spades himself, you win some, lose some, it's all the same to me (baby).
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