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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!

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Interview Clothing: Colors You Should Wear to an Interview

The job market, while slowly improving, is still rife with competition. Job seekers are spending substantial amounts of time fine-tuning resumes, researching potential employers and prepping for interviews, all in a quest to land a new job. The aforementioned steps are crucial, but don't overlook this very important element: your interview outfit.

Many workplaces have gone the casual route, so it may be easy to overlook the importance of what should be worn to an interview. But acceptable attire once you have a job may be very different from acceptable attire during the interview process. You don't want to be too formal; you're not going to a black tie wedding. But you're not going to a barbeque either. Shorts and jeans are an obvious no-no. Anything with a sports team logo should stay in your dresser drawer. However, you can almost always feel confident and secure in a well-fitting, conservative suit.

This brings us to the next question: What color should I wear?

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Creating a Professional Image: It’s More than Dressing for Success

Your professional image is an essential part of your career search and your subsequent career. Even in an era of largely informal business settings - coffee shop meetings and video conferences - and informal business dress codes - “business casual” and casual Friday - a professional image is still expected.

Your professional image isn’t simply about how you look, however. When you exceed expectations and hit your deadlines, you build up your image. When you miss work, take phone calls during business meetings or gossip about fellow employees you tear it down. In other words, it’s the entire set of impressions that people in the workplace have of you, and it affects how well you will be treated, the responsibilities you will be entrusted with, and your chances for promotion.

Take Steps to Build a Positive Professional Image

Because your professional image is so important and is affected by so many of your actions, it’s worthwhile to know what you can do to create and maintain a great professional image. As you read through these suggestions, it’s helpful to think of the process of building your professional image as personal branding. You’re building your brand, and it’s an important investment in your career.

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