Body Language Mistakes in Interviews

Top 6 Body Language Pitfalls during an Interview

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Hello and welcome to this second article on the body language of the successful interviewee. Last month, I shared with you the 3 fundamental elements of your body language in interview which you need to manage in order to make a good impression during that conversation. If you would like to catch it up, just click here.

This month, we’ll look at really bad body language mistakes which can ruin an interview.

But before we delve into this tutorial, let me also point you worryto an earlier series of articles I produced last year: they focus on preparing you for your verbal interaction with the interviewer. You can find it here. They got a lot of hits so I am hopeful that they will provide you too with food for thought about how to engage the other person during that meeting.

Now let’s look at those ugly body language mistakes in interviews. For those of you familiar with the previous tutorial on the body language of the successful interviewee, you will remember the importance of making eye contact, smiling and shaking hands. So let’s first look at what happens when we don’t make eye contact, and/or don’t smile, and/or don’t shake hands appropriately.

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The Body Language of the Successful Interviewee

3 Body Language Secrets to Successfully Interview

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Hello and welcome to this article on the body language of the successful interviewee. I am continuing my series dedicated to assisting those among you who are interested in finding a new role in 2013. After my top 5 tips to produce a noteworthy CV and a 3-step process to write an eye-catching cover letter, this month’s offering as well as next month’s will focus on how to behave during interviews. if you missed the tutorials on either thejob interview 1 noteworthy CV or the eye-catching cover letter, just click here or there to catch either one or both up.

When it comes to how to successfully interview, let me first point you to an earlier series of articles I produced last year: they focus on preparing you for your verbal interaction with the interviewer. You can find it here. That series got a lot of hits so I am hopeful that they will provide you too with food for thought about how to engage the other person during that important encounter. In contrast, the upcoming two articles deal with the non-verbal challenges of interviews. This month, I will share with you the 3 fundamental elements of your non-verbal language which you need to manage in order to make a good impression during your interview. Next month, we’ll look at really bad body language mistakes which ruin an interview.

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3 Steps to an Eye-Catching Cover Letter

The 1-2-3 of Effective Cover Letter Writing

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Welcome to this article on how to write an eye-catching cover letter. It follows on last month’s offering in which I shared my top 5 tips to help cover letteryou produce a CV which would get you noticed by its reader and get you that interview you deserve. If you missed it, just click here to catch it up.

In this article, I will focus on the top 3 ingredients you need to put in your cover letter. But first, let’s remind ourselves about what a cover letter is and what role it plays. Well, a cover letter is a concise letter – no more than a single page with plenty of space on the sides, top and bottom filled with 3-5 paragraphs which, in turn, do not each exceed 4 lines of text to keep that airy feel – that you send together with your CV when applying for a job. If it’s well done, it will help your CV get noticed by creating a good impression and generating interest for your professional achievements.
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Top 5 Tips to Making an Impact with your CV

The Noteworthy CV: A Preview of Coming Attractions

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Hello! So how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions for 2013? I’m asking because most of us make some every January. For that reason, I had dedicated my first article to picking the right kind of New Year’s resolutions for you in 2013 so you stood a greater chance of keeping to them. If you missed it, just click here to catch it up.

   Curriculum Vitae   What I’d like to ask you now is: when you were pondering your New Year’s resolutions, did you take some time to honestly reflect on your job satisfaction? If so and if you are happy where you are, then you might want to make a note of this article for future reference. But if not, then read on. In this and upcoming articles, I will be looking at CV writing, cover letter composition and interview preparation. In this article, I thought I would share my top 5 tips so you produce a CV which will catch the eye of its readers and get you that interview you deserve.

Before I start, let me set the scene for you: in my experience, people hire folks who they can envision collaborating with as well as having a chat with by the coffee machine. How you present yourself professionally — whether in your CV, cover letter or during the interview – must be about demonstrating your competences as well as your ability to fit in and get along well.

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Interview Tips part 3: Sharing Stories

How to Tell Stories

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Here are two more tips to help you prepare for interviews so that you can stand out relative to all the other candidates. So let’s get started with my third interview tip.
 
   3. The “Experience Story”: It’s How, not What.
 
In my previous post, I left off with the mention of an “experience story”. Telling an “experience story” is how you answer the questions of the interviewer. The objective is for you to demonstrate how your knowledge, skills, prior experience are relevant to this particular role and how they will benefit the company.
 

Interview Tips Part 2: Getting Started

How to Get the Conversation Rolling

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Here are my first two tips for you so let’s get started!
 
1. Build Rapport
 
We recruit people we can imagine working with, having a chat with by the water cooler, exchanging jokes with, telling about our weekends to. When I had two candidates with equal capabilities to choose from or even if I had two candidates and one of them was a little less experienced but I could spot chemistry, then I would offer that person the job. 

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Interview Tips Part 1: The ‘Top 5’ Questions

What Interviewers Are Looking for

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Today’s labour market remains tough. When the market is competitive, the likelihood that there will be several candidates after a given job is high so it is important to differentiate yourself quickly from your competitors. That’s why I would suggest that you want to prepare well for a first interview.

After the first interview, your recruitment agent gives you some feedback which points to some hurdles you absolutely need to clear in the second interview if you want to stay in the running. What if you’re told: “They thought you were really quiet” or “They weren’t able to find out enough about your problem-solving skills” or “They think you can do the job but they’re not sure whether you’ll fit in”. How do you prepare for that second interview and get to the next stage?
 
Would you agree with me that you can’t just “wing” it? Preparation will make you more effective during the interview but it will also build up your confidence about how to navigate it. 

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