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Body language mistakes to avoid in job interviews

Interview Body Language Tips
Answering job interview questions is not the only thing that can make or break your chances of landing that job. Your body language plays a huge role during interviews from eye contact to posture. Even the way you fix your hair.

During job interviews, employers are looking at all your nonverbal cues to make sure that you show the right amount of professionalism and the correct match for the company and position. Most of the time, interviewers know within 5 minutes of the interview if the candidate is the right person and fit.

Body language can speak volumes to hiring managers about a candidate’s confidence, enthusiasm and professionalism.

There are a variety of body language mistakes you can avoid if you are aware of them prior to entering into your interview. Here are few mistakes you can avoid:

Be aware of your posture – Always aim for a neutral position. Leaning back is lazy or arrogant, leaning forward is aggressive.

Keep good eye contact – Eye contact can be uncomfortable at times but important to establish without staring.

Avoid using too many hand gestures – This can cut up the space between you and your interviewer in an aggressive way.

Do not play with something on the table – Interviewers are most put off by interviewees who play with whatever object is on the table in front of them during the job interview.

Do not cross your arms – Crossing your arms is a sure sign of defensiveness and resistance. Open arms makes you more approachable.

Avoid playing with your hair or touching your face – Twirling the hair is a cue of innocence. Women often employ hair twirling as a way to flirt. Touching our nose, our lips, and our forehead, but these all imply that we’re either nervous or dishonest.

Take what you need to interview – Go to the interview with everything you need in one suitcase or bag. If you’re playing a balancing act with pens, organizers, your cell phone, resumes, and other paraphernalia, you look ill-at-ease, clumsy, and unprepared.

Be aware of personal space – This is a tough one but often sitting or leaning too close to the interviewer can come across as too forward and ultimately distract the interviewer from what you are saying.  Be aware of the space between yourself and interviewer.

Avoid excessive nodding – It is okay to nod once or twice with a smile of agreement but try find your still center and hold that position.

Avoid frowning when answering questions – Interviewers can ask some difficult questions to assess your ability to cope with challenge and stress. The natural instinct is to frown. Take a moment and ask interviewer to to clarify or reword the question which will give you time to compose yourself and answer.

Do not fidget – Fidgeting will not only distract your interviewer but also expose your nervous energy.

Position your hands correctly – Always appear approachable and open so don’t try to control gestures or fidgeting by keeping your hands still. Keeping your hands behind your back or in your pockets, restricts movement makes you appear stiff.

Match your expressions – Always be sure to match your tome and facial expression. Any mismatch can destroy your chances of landing the job.

Avoid shifty eyes – Distracted eye movement or upward movement are tell tale signs that someone is lying. Direct eye contact are signs of confidence and certainty.

Have a good handshake – A handshake is the unspoken word that initiates a conversation in almost any social or professional get-together. A handshake reveals something about you, your personality and the first impression that you give off.


Body language blunders and mistakes to avoid

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Our body language determines how others perceive us. Apart from verbal communication, our body has a language of its own, and in some instances not always kind. Our body language form an integral part of who we are and in most instances we never think about it. To avoid sabotaging our careers or socially, it i important to take note of our body language.

Those of us who have excellent nonverbal communications skills tells others that you are confident, energetic, an honest. While poor nonverbal skills may give the impression that you have allow self-esteem and lack interest.

Both socially and in the business world,it is critical to be aware of your body language. Nonverbal communication and gestures can make or break relationships and have a significant impact on your success.

Here are few of the most common body language mistakes that we make and emotionally intelligent people are careful to avoid.

Poor posture and slouching are signs of disrespect. It shows that you are bored and have no interest to be where you are. Bad posture is due to bad backs, fatigue, lack of confidence, or general disregard.

Mirror and not being in sync with others. When you are interested and like someone, it is natural to match and mirror their voice, tone, tempo, body posture , and movements.

Avoid fidgeting and exaggerating gestures. Over exaggerating gestures and fidgeting implies that you are stretching the truth and lack confidence. Avoid fidgeting and big hand movements. Small gestures show leadership and confidence.

Looking at your watch is a clear sign of disrespect. Avoid looking at the time on your phone or watch because this is a clear sign of disrespect, impatience, and an inflated ego. It is a tell-tale sign that you have better things to do and want to leave.

Never turn away from others. Turning away from others or not leaning into the conversation only shows that you are unengaged, uninterested, uncomfortable, and perhaps even distrustful of the person speaking.

Avoid crossing your arms and legs. When you cross your legs or arms is a sign that you closed off from what the other person is saying. Even if you are smiling and engaged in conversation,the other party to the conversation might feel that you are disinterested and closed off to what they are saying.

Always give physical feedback and / or facial expressions. Avoid feedback and blank facial expressions shows that you have no empathy or interest in what the other person is saying. Inconsistency between your words and your facial expression causes people to sense that something isn’t right and that you might be trying to deceive them.

Don’t overdo your nodding. Over exaggerating your nodding is a clear signal of anxiety.People might think you are agreeing with them or understand, ut you actually don’t.

Never fidget or play with your hair. This is clear sign that you are anxious, over-energized, self-conscious, and distracted.

Avoid leaning back in your chair. Leaning back is a clear sign of indifference and lack of interest in the opposite person. Lean forward but never on the age of your chair.

Always keep good eye contact. Eye contact is one of the main components of nonverbal communication. Avoiding eye contact shows that you have something to hide and arouses suspicion. It also is a sign of lack of confidence and interest.

Make sure your handshake is firm. A handshake should be firm but not overbearing. Weak handshakes signal that you lack authority and confidence, while a handshake that is too strong could be perceived as an aggressive attempt at domination.

Be aware of the level of your laughter. Laughter is indicative of the level of comfort between people. Too much or fake daughter could imply that your are being deceptive. Too little is a sign of lack communication and interest.

Never roll you eyes. Rolling of your eyes only shows and communicates your lack of respect.

Avoid touching your face. Try keeping your hands away from your face because touching of your nose is a sign of deception while covering your mouth is a sign that you are lying.

Try not to narrow your eyes. Narrowing your is difficult to avoid because we do this when we think. However it is also a sign of anger.

Avoid unhappy expressions. Scowling or having a generally unhappy expression indicates that you are upset with those around you and will turn people away with a feeling of being judged. A happy facial expression suggest that you are open, confident, and friendly.

Never tap your fingers or foot. Tapping your fingers or feet when talking to someone. this is a clear sign that your are bored and not interested in what the other person has to say.

Don’t clench your fist. Much like crossing your arms and legs, clenching you fist is a clear sign that you are not open to other’s opinions or thoughts. It could also perceive that you are argumentative and defensive.

Be aware of the personal space of others. Never stand too close to someone because it is a sign of no respect for or understanding of personal space.

Leave your cellphone off the table. Avoid placing your cellphone between yourself and the person you are talking to. It will symbolize that your cellphone is more important the person.

In conclusion, be aware and avoiding these body language and nonverbal blunders will help you forge song relationships both personally and professionally.


Body Language Mistakes to Avoid

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Maybe you can lie with a straight face or have a good poker face. Perhaps you can stifle an ill-timed laugh or change a blank stare into a period of deep thought. Research has shown that we all rely on body language more that facial expressions to identify emotions.

Body language is a nonverbal form of communication, where thoughts, intentions, or feelings are expressed by physical behaviors, such as facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space.

From eye contact to posture to the way you fix your hair, avoid these physical slip-ups when talking to a client, team member or on a job interview.  Here are a few body language techniques to be aware of to avoid sabotaging a job interview or sales pitch.

Be aware of the direction your feet are pointed – Don’t only focus on the on your facial expression and upper body, but take note of how you point your feet. You might be looking and facing a person but when you feet are facing another direction, all it means is that you have checked out of the conversation.

Be aware of your posture – Leaning back is a sign of laziness and arrogance. while leaning forward is a sure sign of aggression. Try taking on a neutral position.

Avoid crossing your legs, arms, or feet – When you do this, all it means is that have mentally closed off to the conversation. Crossing your arms only shows that your are either distant, insecure , defensive, or stubbornness. When you talk to a person or group of people you must try signal open communication and participation.

Never break eye contact – Most people feel uncomfortable holding eye contact once a connection has been created. Avoid staring but hold eye contact.

Never forget to nod – Nodding your head is a universally accepted sign of encouragements and acceptance and improve collaboration. This is especially true when trying to ask a shy person to take part. Positive mirroring gestures and body language are sure signs of increased creativity and problem solving.

Stop fidgeting – Fidgeting is sure sign of nervous energy and will distract from the conversation.

Don’t shift your eyes – When you look upwards can be sure sign that you are lying or not confident and sure about what you are talking about. Look directly into the eyes and show you are confident.

Refrain from a power poses – Stretching out your limbs or chest to make yourself seem larger is the perfect way to pump yourself up before an interview or public speaking event. However don’t do this in public. Power posing can stifle participation. Rather lean in towards others while speaking to signal that you are interested in the conversation.

Avoid looking uninterested or too intensely – It is fairly obvious that ignoring someone will make that person feel ignored. Don’t read an email while talking to someone or view messages on your cellphone during a conversation. All this will say to the other person is that you basically ignoring and unstressed in them and what they have to say. Put done your laptop or phone and make eye contact.


Nonverbal elements of communication to be aware of.

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Nonverbal communication is the process of communication through sending and receiving wordless cues between people. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as body language, but nonverbal communication encompasses much more, such as use of voice, touch, distance, and physical environments.

Eye Contact – maintain eye contact when speaking to your interviewer, this shows that you are interested in what they are saying and provides others with the comfort needed to communicate with you in return.

Facial Expressions – Your facial expressions convey your emotions. Facial expressions are typically universal, which means they convey the same message globally. It also creates an atmosphere with warmth and friendliness, allowing others and yourself to feel comfortable.

Posture, look at your posture and body movement – Tones and Sounds, Your tone of voice and the sounds you make can communicate your thoughts to others without your even speaking. Your tone or sounds can inform people of what is on your mind.

Listening – nonverbal communication includes listening, which is one of the most important elements of communication. However, listening consists of more than simply hearing words and phrases. Awareness and observation also are components of the listening process. Active listening suggests the listener is paying close attention; inattentiveness may indicate the listener is uninterested.

Tips for nonverbal communication in an interview:

Get plenty of practice, practicing for an interview will ensure that you have a mental plan as to how to approach certain topics, practicing in a mirror may help to see your body language in this regard. Take notice of how your nonverbal communication portrays the words you are saying and what impression it may give the interviewer.

Be Aware of your Hands; avoid fidgeting and touching your hair and face. This may create doubt in the mind of the interviewer that you are not sure of what you are talking about. It is also important to give the interviewer an open body position without crossing your arms, which shows that you are comfortable and open for discussion. Keep your hands beside you or in your lap unless you are talking with your hands.

Pay Attention to the Interviewer’s Nonverbal Communication, pay attention to the messages the interviewer gives you in their nonverbal communication. Use this as an opportunity to understand what the interviewer wants to gain from meeting with you.

Be Mindful During your Interview, be aware of how you communicate during the interview.  It is important to not become distracted or to over think the questions. If you are demonstrating confidence, think about having good posture, keeping calm and keep eye contact.