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Interview tip #10 watch your body language

  1. INTERVIEW TIP #10 Watch your body language Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, MS, CCM, CDMS
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  3. REVIEW By now you are getting the idea that there is really a lot involved when experts and others tell you to “make sure to prepare for an interview!” Already, in previous articles have covered: • Practicing – Over Preparing • Taking Notes • Wearing Appropriate and Comfortable Clothes. • Visit the location the day before the interview • Relax – don’t try to cram for an important interview • Breathe to avoid saying “um” too much • Smile • Ask Questions
  4. BEFORE, DURING AFTER • So far in this series we have talked mainly about how to prepare to attend the interview. • Tips #6, 7, 8 & 9 and this one, #10, were the tips concerned with DURING THE INTERVIEW. • We have covered a lot and still only talked about interviewing “soft skills” • The next series will address more of the “nuts and bolts” of interviewing
  5. Pretty is as pretty does • Body language communicates more than we even think about. • It goes beyond your face – whether you frown, smile or have a quizzical look send clear messages we all “read” from infancy. • So do other body movements and poses.
  6. Smile • Smile – you might have to remind yourself to do so during the actual interview, especially if you are nervous. • Smiling is important because the interviewer will interpret this as you are pleasant. • If you frown or bite your lip during the interview, the employer might come away feeling negatively about you.
  7. We have contact! • Make good eye contact without coming across as staring and making the interviewer wonder if you might be an escapee of some sort. • If you are interviewing with more than one person, make brief eye contact with all before answering the question to make them feel included. • You will send a message that you are forthright and trustworthy.
  8. Be a little forward • Leaning forward shows that you are interested and alert. If you are interviewing, you certainly want to appear interested and alert! • Practice sitting slightly forward in everyday conversations with friends. • Start by sitting up straight then leaning forward just enough so that your head is a bit forward of your chest. • Don’t lean too far forward. Not only will you likely be uncomfortable, but the interviewer might feel you are pushy!
  9. Criss Cross • Crossing anything sends the message that you are closed off and negative. • Pay attention to your posture overall. • Sit up straight and plant both feet on the ground with your arms relaxed in your lap or on the arm of the chair. • Practice this now, rather than later. It is important that you feel comfortable during the interview!
  10. Don’t get too comfortable…. • Leaning back in your chair may give the impression that you don’t care or are arrogant. • By and large, it is interpreted as sloppy in a business setting. • You want to put your best foot forward to get hired so be mindful of slouching, even in the waiting room.
  11. Sit still • Be careful not to fidget, doodle or make faces while the interviewer is speaking or you are thinking. Many of us have nervous habits we are not entirely aware of. • This is one of the best reasons to practice face to face for your interview. • Start with a friend - Skype, Google Hangouts r FaceTime work great if you don’t have a friend nearby who is willing to assist you.
  12. The nose knows • Be careful of wearing colognes or perfume. • I would go so far as to recommend wearing none, actually. • Many offices have adopted this as a general rule to avoid allergic reactions and to control, well, those who can’t control themselves. • Less is more.
  13. RECAP • Smile • Make good eye contact • Lean forward • Don’t cross your arms or legs • Don’t lean back in your chair • Don’t make faces, fidget or doodle • Don’t wear cologne or perfume
  14. OTHER TIPS • So, you have practiced (see Interview Tip #1), prepared your notes (Tip #2), and have appropriate, comfortable clothes to wear (see Interview Tip #3). • Interview Tip #4 shared the importance of visiting the location the day before, and Tip #5, was relax. They all addressed preparation and tips for before the interview. • Tip # 6 (Breathe), this one and the next tips deal with that nerve racking During-The-Interview period. • Tip #7 Strike a pose , Tip #8 Smile, and Tip #9 - Ask Questions
  15. Resources for possible interview questions and/or answers: • Articles in my blog • Articles on CAREEREALISM • Articles on the Web • Need more help? Chat, Email, Skype, Hangout Click here for email Google Hangouts Live Person Chat - 3 minutes free Skype Mary.E.Sherwood • PS I also wanted to let you know about a new job search group I just started on LinkedIn, it would be great to have you and please share with your connections … If you are currently employed you might want to “hide” this group on your Profile; click here if you need help with that! Take care, Mary