Covers the importance of understanding body language as they apply to job interview situations. Highlights negative gestures that must be avoided during job interviews.

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Understanding Negative Body Language

You must understand negative body language in order to avoid them at a job interview

The whole point of attending an interview is to impress to the point where you are deemed the best candidate worthy of the post, and usually, the candidate who impresses the most will most likely get the job. There is little point, therefore, if from the onset you impressed with your CV, seemingly answering the interviewer's questions soundly and even asking some good pertinent questions of your own, if all the while you constantly display negative body language, contradicting the positive image you're trying to portray. Understanding body language is crucial for avoiding negative gestures that can hinder candidates during interviews.

A flow of negative body language from you will almost certainly result in the interviewer forming a damning verdict of you, no matter what else you might have said or done, during, before or after the interview.

Negative gestures suggest the candidate is unsure of what he/she is saying, perhaps even lying. They can also suggest discomfort, nervousness, lack of etiquette and even downright rudeness; all of which point to an unprofessional and unsatisfactory candidate.

Needless to say, you must avoid negative gestures at all cost otherwise they will undo all of the positive attributes highlighted in your CV. Some gestures may not appear detrimental, but nevertheless, they can be perceived as such and you must be aware of them. Here are some of the main negative gestures you should avoid during your interview:

Negative Body Languag To Avoid
  • Feet dragging  -   implies lethargy - unlikely to impress
  • Head down  -   suggest timidity, again not a positive impression
  • Shoulders drooped  -   could imply lethargy and weariness
  • Slovenly posture  -   implies the candidate is unfit for the post
  • Weak handshake  -   implies meek and ineffectual personality
  • Shifty eyes  -   suggests nervousness
  • Arms crossed on chest  -   suggests a defensive stance
  • Fidgeting  -   implies nervousness
  • Hands in pockets  -   implies you have something to hide

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understanding negative body language during job interviews

Understanding body language can help you adopt good gestures and avoid bad ones

Do not drag your feet!

Avoid holding your head down

Ensure not to droop your shoulders

Avoid a slovenly posture during the interview

Avoid touching your face

Avoid making weak handshakes

Keep your eyes from shifting!

Do not fidget during the interview

Avoid crossing your arms over your chest

Do not keep your hands in your pockets

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