Worst body language mistakes during an interview

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If you have an impressive resume and flawless cover letter, fully researched company and good preparation for the interview but not able to keep smile on your face  or forget to make eye contact with your manager, then you will be out of job. During the first few minutes of interview, the candidates can give hundreds of non-verbal expressions to the hiring manager and those expressions make more  impact on recruiters than your words. Therefore proper use of body language during the interview show that you are physically or emotionally engaged  and different from others.

1) Eye contact–

Eye contact is the best way to connect people. That’s why you have to make balance. Sometime when you look too much it seems you are agressive and if you look very little makes you dishonest and have something to hide.  Eye rolling should be avoided. Most of time people roll their eyes when they disagree with someone. You have to maintain your eye contact but not staring at the person.

2) Your posture–

Once you greet with the interviewer, relax your body. Try to find appropriate place for your belongings. Never put your purse on your lap or on table. Sit straight and avoid to touch your face and hairs.

3) Handshake–

Once you are in seat, make eye contact , offer palm to palm handshake. Your handshake can leave employer with impression , depending upon how you do. Soft and firm handshake provides a positive attitude.

4) Avoid tapping–

If you are tapping  your fingers or toes , manager may get the impression that you are not interested in job.

5) Voice–

Try to speak polite, not so fast or slow. If your tone is not good, employer believe that you are over confident  and try to avoid words “um,ah.or like” words as these words show that you are not interested.

Here are some of the ways by which you can figure out those clues and correct them..

a) work with friend– Try to interview with your friend who will tell you what kind of impression you have to give.

b) Practice yourself– Try to videotape yourself and it show you what non-verbal ticks you have  to practice.interview

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