Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Advice on how to master Body Language in Interviews.


Body language is usually observed intently at interviews. It is something that we all send out. However, most people are unaware of their body language and how they appear to others. Conversely, most people readily notice the body language of others and will especially look for body language signal on a first meeting.

1. Take a couple of deep breaths

Take a couple of deep, discrete breaths prior to the interview. This will relax your body.

2. Good Firm handshake

This is highly important to giving a good first impression. Male of female you should a give a solid and firm handshake. You should not go too far and try to crush the other person’s hand, but you should also make sure that you do not give a floppy handshake.
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3. Maintain a good upright posture

If you can maintain a straight back and keep you head and shoulders upright it conveys a level of confidence. However, looking down and stooping will give the impression that you are timid or even dishonest. This can have a huge impact on whether you get the job.

4. Eye contact
You must maintain eye contact with the interviewer. This will transmit a signal that you are confident and trustworthy. There is a saying that ‘he could not look me in the face’. This idiom illustrates the importance of maintain eye contact. You also need to maintain eye contact, so that you can gauge reactions of your interviewer. This is important, as you can tell if your interviewer likes the direction of the answers you are delivering.

5. Maintain a confident and professional position in your chair

Sit up straight in your chair and rest your hands on the table in front of you. Do not fidget, although it may be tempting to do so.
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6. Smile

Try to smile occasionally, in a nice natural manner. Do not give a false smile or nervous smile, but smile when the opportunity arises. This will show you to be an amiable person, who is likely to fit in well within the organisation. No one wants a difficult personality.

These guidelines should help you to handle the difficult situation of being in a job interview. Remember that these little things often make the difference between getting the job and losing the job. Pay careful attention to these aspects of your body language and this will greatly increase your confidence, when you attend your next job interview.
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These soft skills elements are covered in many training programs, including those provided by Souters Training.

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