Interview Tips: Your body Language
In this article we
will deal with hints about combating nervousness, how to behave and
other incidentals which you need to know. It also covers many of the
'non-verbal clues' you give the interviewer simply through your body
language. Many management training and interview courses now contain
sections on body language and interpretation of it, so don't be
tempted to lie or to act. If you lie but your body language gives
you away, you will interfere with the clarity of your response and
make the interviewer doubt you.
Interviewers want to see confident applicants, because this
makes it easier for them to gather all the information they need. If
you are too reserved or too arrogant this will just be irritating.
The best applicants will demonstrate that they have initiative, can
find solutions to problems and have the ability to pick out
important details. They will demonstrate that through what they say,
how they say it and by having a confident, self-assured style. It is
your job to be like that.
Combating interview Nerves:
The vast majority of interview candidates are nervous. This
is perfectly normal. However, if interview nerves reduce you to
shivering and leave you unable to think coherently, you need to be
able to minimize the effects.
The preparation you have already done should give you
confidence. You know about the job and about the company. You have
found out about the selection techniques and know how to get to the
interview and what to expect when you get there. Your next step is
to practice the interview with a friend and try out what you are
going to say. Be prepared for all the nasty questions and make sure
that you are satisfied with the way you sound. The whole point of
doing this is to practice until you achieve your desired results.
While practicing, do not use a script. Although you may have
an idea of what you are going to say, don't stick to exactly the
same words each time - its not a recital. Each time you manage to
say the same thing but it different words, you will increase your
Make sure that you know exactly how to get to the interview
and have left enough time for the journey, otherwise you will only
increase your own anxiety.
Also make sure that you arrive in time to go to the toilet before
your interview begins if you are likely to be nervous beforehand.
Be positive about yourself. You have been invited to an
interview because you are a good candidate. The interviewer has seen
your application and been
impressed. Remain calm, be enthusiastic about the job and realistic
about your strengths and weaknesses. Your self-assessment will pay
off. You know that you
are suited to this job.
If you are afraid that feeling nervous will make you look
nervous, don't worry. The interviewer will be doing his/her best to
put you at ease when you arrive. Most candidates look a bit nervous
- interviewers are very used to that. If you are liable to be very
nervous, try walking around before the interview to
use up some of the adrenalin. Breathe deeply. If you are worried
that your hands will be sweating because of your nervousness, don't
shake hands if the
interviewer doesn't offer to. Slow down, which often helps to reduce
your nervousness, make your actions deliberate and try to look calm.
If you have ever
done any public speaking, remember the techniques that you were
taught for that. These are usually very good for helping you to
combat nervousness. Listen to yourself and try to guard against
talking too much or too fast.
Coming up Next is on
your Appearance during the Interview session. Stay tuned..