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  1. Job Interviews and Your Body Language: Part Two

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    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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  2. Job Interviews and Your Body Language: Part One

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    Body language is so important when thinking about your job interview preparation. Statistics reveal that the average time it takes for someone to form an opinion of you is between five and thirty seconds. When you only have a short amount of time to sell yourself in your interview, this could be the deciding factor in whether you get your dream job or not!

    Here is part one in this series, which highlights our top tips on how to hold yourself during your interview:

    • Walk in confidently: It’s important that you look as professional as possible from the moment you walk in the door. As soon as you walk into the building, you will begin to be marked on your behaviour and general attitude.
    • Deliver a firm handshake: A good, firm handshake will show not only that you are confident, but it is also a universal sign of strength.
    • Sit up straight: Avoid being too stiff, but try to sit up straight. Keep your legs straight and as still as possible. It’s perfectly acceptable to lean forward slightly every so often, as it shows the interviewer that you are listening and keen.
    • Keep eye contact: Maintaining eye contact shows the interviewer you are not intimidated and that you are taking everything in. If you feel uncomfortable, look away for a few seconds or try looking at their nose! Ten seconds of good eye contact at a time is a good guideline.
    • Smile: A smile goes a long way! It makes you look more relaxed, comfortable and personable. To put it simply, it will make you more likeable!
    • Watch your hands: Most people have trouble with this one. It’s fine to be animated with your hands to make a point, but don’t go overboard. Keep your arms uncrossed and your hands away from your face. If in doubt, simply place them on your thighs.
    • Take notes: Taking notes not only shows you are keen to get the job, but if you are of a nervous disposition, then taking notes will help with this.

     

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