How to Face an Interview – Body Language
Positive body language goes a long way in conveying a good, suitable impression during an interview. Here are some tips to help project the right message non-verbally in front of interviewers.
Make sure you practice them well before facing an interview. So, the first thing that you need to take care of is your attire. Wear neat, clean and well ironed. Opt for cool and light color shades. Guys can opt for lighter shades of cream, white and blue. A few dabs of perfume or a spray or two of a faint deodorant along with a few pieces of mint should do the trick. You’ve just want to smell pleasant, and not a walking-talking room freshener.
Reach the venue before hand, relax, have a cup of coffee. Tidy yourself up and think about how to make the interview pleasant , rather than to imagine how difficult the interview will be. When walking into the interviewer’s room, keep your head straight, shoulders erect and exude confidence. Do not go in with the head down, shoulders or hands folded or lowered. You don’t really want to give an impression of a dejected person, severely lacking in confidence, do you? Feel confident, and you’ll be confident. If an interviewer offers to shake hands, give a single firm handshAKE. A firm handshake doesn’t mean you try break his wrist. Do not go too soft or too hard. A cold-fish (mild) handshake indicates fear, hesitation and lack of confidence.
When you take your seat, relax into the chair. Maintaining an upright position, and most of all, be comfortable. There’s no point slouching or shifting in your chair. Slouching shows your laziness and shifting position may indicate that you are not comfortable with the interviewer. Very often, business job candidates put their hands over their bodies. Don’t. Folded hands is a defensive move, a gesture in order to feel safer. Let your hands lie in your lap or on the armrests of your chair. Maintain a friendly face to show positive attitude. Don’t sit as if interviewer is going to rip you apart and swallow you.
When answering questions, make sure you are clear with an audible voice. If you don’t understand a question, ask for a clarification. Do not respond to questions with a simple yes or no . Always try to elaborate the answer with relevant examples.
Just don’t overdue it. Often times, just a simple smile will do.
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