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March 23, 2017

Body Language and First Impressions

Most job seekers feel that the amount of preparation and research conducted on the position and company will determine their chances of success. But it is actually how you communicate that knowledge to your potential employer that may be the ultimate deciding factor. 

Body Language and First Impressions
Cooper Fitch Dubai
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These days, with a simple internet search, you are able to gather updated and relevant information about the business you are applying to, as well as typical interview questions, salaries and even, learn more about your interviewer’s background.

With such information being easily accessed by many, this creates a competitive market with candidates that are not only qualified but also with those who have done their homework. In order to leave a good and lasting impression when attending an interview, understand that it is actually how you communicate that knowledge to your potential employer that may be the ultimate deciding factor. As you have heard it many times before, sometimes it is not what you say but how you say it.

While preparation is indeed a must, do not overwhelm yourself with so much information that you no longer concentrate on your body language. As you have heard it many times before, sometimes it is not what you say but how you say it.

Smile

Never underestimate the power of a smile. Whether you are on a phone or in a face-to-face interview, smiling is a great opportunity to show that you’re friendly and make those around you feel comfortable.

Handshake

A firm handshake shows confidence and reliability.

Posture

The best posture to maintain during an interview is to sit up straight, slightly leant forward. Slouching and leaning back in your chair may be understood as being lazy or disinterested. Leaning too forward may look too aggressive and discourage you from maintaining eye contact.

Eye contact

This is a great opportunity to justify your confidence as well make the interviewer feel that you are truthful and honest. If you are interviewing with more than one person, be sure to address your eye contact between them.

Enthusiasm and actively listen

While maintaining eye contact, show the interviewer signs of acknowledgement by nodding occasionally. Show enthusiasm by showing positive gestures in moderation.

The more you practice the above points, the better and stronger you will be as a potential candidate. Prepare a list of basic interview questions and answer them with your attention on your body language for practice. Seek advice from a recruiter or those around you. With enough practice, these can easily become a habit and ultimately add value to your career.

Janie-Lee Brown By Janie-Lee Brown

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