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Interviewing Tips for Success: Body Language

We spend a lot of time writing, thinking and advising on what to say to find your next career. Then, when we talk about delivery we (all of us) tend to focus on the verbal or written methods of communication. You might say to yourself, "what else is there?" Well, there are a lot of other ways to convey the professionalism you will bring to a potential employer.

Often times, these "other" ways are combined into the term "personal branding." We've talked about personal branding before, but today we're going to focus on something more specific: body language. Body language is a large part of nonverbal communication; how you carry yourself reflects the confidence you have in your own skills and signals to employers and interviewers that you are calm and ready to tackle the work load of the job for which you are interviewing. Here's another way to put it, courtesy of Forbes:

Power and confidence are typically conveyed through body language, and so are your stress level and how open and honest you are. “An employer will get a sense of who you are and how you will perform under pressure by assessing your body language before, during and after the interview.”

Be sure to click through to Forbes to read the rest of the article, which is full of good advice. For veterans transitioning into the private sector we suggest that they draw on their ability to perform under pressure. The interview won't be more stressful than anything you've previously experienced. And don't be fooled by the setting. Just because this is a private-sector position doesn't change this fundamental skill that you've developed (often without knowing it) during your time in the military.

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