Last week, we highlighted the importance of your body language during a job interview. Here is part two, which highlights what NOT to do during your all-important interview:
- Be overconfident: Being overconfident during an interview is a definite no no. Walking into an interview thinking that you have already got the job can be hugely detrimental. Coming across as confident during your interview, rather than arrogant is vital.
- Offer a weak handshake: A weak handshake not only indicates a lack of confidence, but it can also be very awkward! Try and mirror your interviewer’s handshake and apply the same amount of pressure.
- Slouch: Bad posture can make you look bored and uninterested. The same goes for crossing your arms and legs; this can often be seen negatively. Effectively, you are closing yourself off from the situation.
- Stare: It is always important to maintain eye contact, but there is a comfortable limit. There’s a fine line between being attentive and being intense.
- Play with your hair: It seems so obvious, but as with most body language, you often don’t know you’re doing it. Be aware of any bad habits you have before your interview and keep them in the back of your mind. If you’re not aware of any, try asking a few people before your interview and see what they say.
- Fidget: Try to avoid moving around too much. Nervously moving your feet or constantly changing position will only make you look awkward and uncomfortable. Whilst it’s important not to look too wooden, fidgeting can be just as bad.
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