FREE Career Change Advice Direct to Your Inbox!
Our Exclusive Resources

Meet the Team
Join the Conversation

Our Books

Buy in Print | Buy e-Book

Career success is an “inside-out” process. If you dedicate yourself to a careful self-assessment before you launch your next job search, you will find yourself in an elite group of professionals who know what they want, know what they have to offer, and know where their careers are taking them.

Buy in Print | Buy e-Book

Your resume is the single most important marketing tool you have. This book covers the most important topics you will need to master in order to create a military to civilian career change resume that attracts attention and job offers. 


Buy e-Book

Self-Marketing for Military to Civilian Career Transitions looks at the new context of work with its universal entrepreneurial culture. Whether you own your own business or are part of a giant multi-national corporation, you can’t afford to think of yourself or your career in any other terms. 

Search the site
Jumpstart your career!

 The Jumpstart Session is designed to give you the feedback, advice, guidance and confidence that you need to succeed in your career transition.
To learn more, click here.

What's New

Military to civilian careers

Blog Categories & Tags
« Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Interview Body Language - Part Two | Main | Some Career Changes Come Unexpectedly »
Monday
Dec102012

Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Interview Body Language - Part One

interview body languageThe following article summarises the top 10 ways to ensure that you show good interview body language. Make sure that all the preparation you do for a job interview isn't in vain. Your body language is key to job interview success.

The top 10 ways to improve your interview body language are as follows:

1) Eye Contact

There's nothing more off-putting to an interviewer than the interviewee being unable to make regular, good, strong eye contact. The interviewer may think that because you're unable to do this, you either have something to hide or you may not have the conviction of your beliefs. If you're struggling to concentrate when looking straight into someone's eyes, then try looking in-between their eyes. They won't be able to tell that you aren't looking straight into their eyes, but you'll find it easier to maintain focus. Try it with a friend first to see what I mean.

2) Smile

You need to practice a strong, sincere, smile. A good smile has the power to say, "I'm a happy, confident person and I'd love to work here". Try practicing smiling in a mirror. Practice a smile that puts people at ease. It's just as much your responsibility to ensure that there is a relaxed atmosphere during the interview. If you're embarrassed about your smile, see what a dentist can do about it. It might not cost too much to fix your teeth - and it will save you a lot of money if you get the job!

3) Open Body Language

Again, try practicing this with a friend first. Make sure that your legs are slightly apart if you're a gent. Place your hands apart, on your thighs is good. Open body language is even more important when the interviewer is talking. It demonstrates that you are receptive to the question and actively listening. Remember when you practice your body language with a friend to take a note of what to do with each part of your body. Unless you do that - and remember - you're leaving it to chance that your body language come across well at your job interview.

4) Don't slouch

It's easy to appear as if you slouch too much. This is especially prevalent if you're asked to site in a large, soft seat. Try not to appear too relaxed. Not sitting right back in the seat is a good idea. If you sit forward, it makes you look more attentive and more interested. Some people slouch because they're not very interested. Other people slouch because they have bad body language. Either way an interviewer isn't going to be too impressed. Try practicing in a mirror at home.

5) Don't be too erect

If you're too erect then you won't appear too relaxed. If an experienced interviewer is interviewing you then they might put this down to stage fright. They might just judge you on what you're saying rather than how uptight you appear. However, if you're interviewer isn't too experienced then they might not feel relaxed either because of your posturing. They could leave the interview with a feeling that you weren't as good as the other person simply because you were too erect. Try to relax... but not too much!

This article will be concluded in the 'Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Interview Body Language - Part Two'.

About the Author: David Bain is a consultant to Uteach Recruitment who specialise in UK Teaching Jobs. Whether you are a school struggling to find a new teacher to fill a position or a teacher looking for a teaching job role in the UK, visit their website http://www.UteachRecruitment.com today.



Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/297932

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (1)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...