Understanding The Art Of Body Language

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Let's assume you have put together a world-class cover letter and CV before heading out for a job interview paying careful attention to what to put in your resume. It is now time to take the next step and impress the interviewer. The only way to do this is to relax, understand the art of body language, and make sure you are putting yourself in the best position to earn the job. 

Hiring managers tend to see a lot of people when it comes to potential candidates and they want someone comfortable with the setting. This is why you should go through all the dos and don'ts of body language during a job interview. 

Don'ts 

● Do not play around with your fingers and/or hands during the interview as it makes you appear nervous 
● Do not start scratching and/or rubbing your head/neck during the interview as it makes you appear uncomfortable 
● Do not start rocking in your chair as it can look like you are unenthused by the interview 
● Do not start rubbing your face, eyes, or nose as it can make you look dishonest 
● Do not cross your arms while sitting down as it makes you appear rude 
● Do not re-cross your legs multiple times as it shows signs of nervousness 

Do 

● Start with a simple greet and shake hands while maintaining eye contact 
● Keep yourself composed before beginning with the interview and make sure to look clean (hair, clothes). 
● Look to maintain eye contact throughout the interview and always say goodbye at the end 
● Only sit down when asked by the hiring manager 
● Make sure to sit straight throughout the interview and always keep your hands on the table as this makes you look aligned. This also includes maintaining eye contact with the hiring manager and smiling when it is appropriate to do so. 
● Do not start to get rid of your tie as soon as the interview is done as it is best to make sure you are far away from the building before doing so 

There is nothing more important than having a positive approach to body language when it is time to head out for an interview. Even with a strong CV, it is still important to make sure you are putting yourself in the best light and allowing your skills to shine through. This is why being prepared the right way is a must because the right body language is going to make a difference.

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