An interview is much more than reading over a resume and relaying facts to your potential employer. It is the first opportunity for them to see you and for you to give them a potentially great impression. Many of us may not realize it, but we usually have several nonverbal habits we do on a regular basis. These actions are especially heightened when we are nervous or anxious, so it is important to be on your best manners when on a job interview.
According to a report in the Business Blog at ayushveda.com, “25% of recruiters say they would reject a candidate if he were over-weight!” This means that one in every four interviewers could potentially turn someone down who is obese, most likely because people associate being fat with laziness, dependency, and other stereotypes that may or may not be true. I’m not saying you neeed to go out and make sure you have an awesome body before an interview, but it does help to look you best when we live in such a judgmental society. If you are over-weight or not, may sure to be aware of your posture, which can make you appear slimmer and well-poised.
Good tips to remember during an interview are presented by Leena in her blog at mybandra.com:
Dr. Anne E. Beall stresses the importance of non-verbal communication for a successful interview in her excerpt on Ron Culp’s blog. She states that our eyes show “liking and interest.” This reminds me of the phrase, “actions speak louder than words.” Use not only your voice but your sight in order to show you are confident and eager to listen. Dr. Beall explains, “In one study researchers found that people tend to gaze more at someone who is giving them positive feedback but that they reduce their gaze when they are receiving negative feedback.” Maintain eye contact for a good amount of time, but not so long that he interviewer thinks you are creepy.
Follow some of these basic steps and improve your body language and non-verbal skills in order to have an excellent interview!
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