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Jan 29, 2015

The 10 Worst Body Language Mistakes You Can Make In a Job Interview

By Janice Burch

Your resume got you in the door and you landed the interview. You did your company research. Picked up your suit from the cleaners. You look amazing.

You are ready for the glare and the grill of the interviewer.

You sit down in the chair and cross your legs. As the interviewer takes a moment to review your resume, you start nervously tapping the foot of your crossed leg to a beat in your head as you bite your lower lip. Your hands begin to fidget and you start picking at the loose cuticle around your thumbnail. You slouch down in the chair as he finishes reading through your resume, unaware that you have done so.

And though you may not think so, the interviewer is picking up on all of it.

His or her thoughts: Nervousness. Lacks confidence. Feels out of place. Perhaps not qualified. Maybe he lied on part of his resume.

Many thoughts go through the minds of hiring personnel when they first meet an applicant. Our body language can tell an interviewer as much if not more than our words as to whether we feel we are qualified for the position.

Below are the top 10 body language mistakes you can make when interviewing. Take note of these and be aware. Do some practice runs with a friend or family member. Old habits are hard to break but this is one time when you will want to make sure you have EVERY EDGE over the other applicants. It would be a shame if a judgment is made about your abilities based on nervous habits you can easily fix.

 

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