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Offline Learnist Careers

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What Does My Body Language Tell My Interviewer?
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:26:27 PM »

Imagine you are in an interview stage so you are very near to your perfect job! Have you ever thought about what is your body language tells to the interviewer or employer during the interview.

Pace yourself

Speak deliberately more slowly than you would normally. There’s a trick here. You’ll be revved up as you go in, so you will naturally speak more quickly than normal. If you concentrate on pronouncing your words individually, you’ll actually be speaking at a normal speed.

: Good Interview Signs

Think of good speakers you’ve experienced throughout your education. You’ll remember the ones who were more focused and engaging. That’s not to say they were the funniest or loudest or most entertaining. But they were almost certainly the most animated. Focus. You’re not here to entertain – so leave the jokes at the door – but you are here to look like you want the job. Concentrate on that and let your commitment and energy shine through.

Non-verbal signals

A firm but not crushing handshake is the one to go for. The wet fish technique is a guaranteed turn off. Also, try to ensure your hands are dry and warm – as natural as possible. If you tend to perspire under stress, try to run your hands under cold water before going in and if stress makes your skin cold, do the opposite.

Don’t slouch in your chair, whether in reception or the interview room. Slouching says “I don’t care” and should be reserved for lazy Sundays on the sofa. Walk and sit up straight. If you’re worried about your posture, sit naturally in front of a mirror at home and see how you look. Practice sitting in a more vertical position and make a mental note of how it feels, so you can replicate it in the interview.

Eye Contact

Always look the questioner in the eye, but not in a way that could have you sectioned. Be confident, and don’t stare past your questioner or at the floor. Avoid glancing nervously around the room as this is the classic sign of someone with something to hide. If there is more than one interviewer, make sure you look at each of them when answering questions, and keep your eyes on their face, not straying to other parts of their body (if you know what I mean!).

Related: Why Using STAR Technique is Important for Job Interviews

To find out what to do with your hands, watch yourself in a mirror of the office window when you’re on the phone. You’ll use some of the same gestures when you’re talking. It’s fine to gesture with your hands, but don’t overdo it so you look like you’re directing traffic.

Don’t fidget and don’t play around with your hair, pen, nails, chair, jiggle your knees, tap your leg or anything else. It drives people crazy and will distract them from what you’re saying.

Be aware of how you are sitting, moving and the general impression you’re giving out. So smile occasionally; it will make you all feel better.

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« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 09:20:46 AM by Learnist Careers »

Offline Glenys

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Re: What does my body language tell my interviewer?
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2012, 11:22:06 AM »
Very good advise here.  You can have the best interview in the world, but your body language can and does put people off, so you would be unlikely to get the job - especially if you have to deal with members of the public face to face.  Practice if you can so you see what you are doing when talking

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Re: What does my body language tell my interviewer?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2012, 03:56:26 PM »
Some good advice here for people preparing for interviews.

Your body language is more important than people think, and if you're naturally a person who fidgets and messes around with their hands, you could be at a disadvantage.

Some interviewers will be looking at the candidates and being very critical of them, so try and train yourself to get into good habits when speaking to people.


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