6 Body Language Mistakes You Make During Job Interviews

Using a weak handshake

6 Body Language Mistakes You Make During Job InterviewsDon’t give the impression that you didn’t actually want to shake hands or that you cannot even shake hands. That can be perceived as a sign of lack of confidence. But hey! A strong hand-shake is just as bad as a weak one. It could  easily be interpreted as an attempt at domination. Your handshake should be firm but not bone-crushing.

Avoiding eye contact

6 Body Language Mistakes You Make During Job Interviews
Tell them you are there to listen and also ready to answer all the questions with all your focus. Eye contact is crucial in an interview.People who avoid eye contact or have shifty eye movements come across as suspicious or even creepy,says Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0. “Looking down as you talk makes it seem like you lack confidence or are self-conscious,” adds Bradberry, “causing your words to lose their effect.” Avoid glancing at the clock, which implies disinterest and can be interpreted as disrespectful. These are habits that make people trust you.

Holding eye contact for too long

6 Body Language Mistakes You Make During Job InterviewsOkay! It is important to keep eye contact but keeping that for too long might be a little awkward. Also be careful what kind of eye contact you give, if you look angry or forceful that can be interpreted as aggressive.Break eye contact every seven to 10 seconds when you’re interviewing. According to Bradberry, “The way we break contact sends a message, too. Glancing down communicates submission, while looking to the side projects confidence.

Using exaggerated gestures

6 Body Language Mistakes You Make During Job InterviewsDon’t be too euphoric. Too many moves and gestures might make you look really weird. Sweeping your arms or using intense pointing gestures can be unsettling because it comes across as chaotic and hectic, which aren’t qualities interviewers look for in prospective employees. Wild gestures can also be seen as overcompensation for a speaker that is stretching the truth. Make small, simple gestures to convey openness and honesty, which will inspire confidence and make you seem smarter.

Fidgeting

6 Body Language Mistakes You Make During Job Interviews
Try to resist the impulse to fidget, which can often happen when you’re nervous. Fidgeting implies a lack of confidence, or can be perceived as a sign of disinterest and boredom.

Turning away

6 Body Language Mistakes You Make During Job Interviews
Don’t turn your back to the interviewer. That can show lack of respect! Avoid coming across as disengaged and uncomfortable  toward the interviewer. You can also signal attentiveness by leaning slightly forward and tilting your head slightly as he or she speaks.

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