What are the basic dos and don’ts of how we should present ourselves during a job interview?
The way you turn up tells the interviewer how you will turn up for the job. Dress the part.
Practising positive body language builds a more confident person. Sit up straight, not stiff but relaxed. Be attentive. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification. Asking questions of your interviewers shows your interest and your ability to be self-motivated on the job and a willingness to learn and be part of a team.
Ask questions to make sure you know what they are looking for; how best can you serve the role you are going to fill.
Why is reading body language important in the workplace?
Reading other people has always been necessary to our survival, just as much today in the workplace as it was all the way back in tribal times.
Knowing someone’s emotional state shows us how we should speak and behave so we can create the desired outcome. It helps us know if a situation could take a turn for the worse and how to improve it.
It can help us gain greater cooperation, loyalty and support. With research showing that 89% of employees are disengaged in their work, being able to read other people has never been more necessary for the sake of mental health and company profits in the future.
Is there any body language that makes you look both confident and friendly?
It’s a combination of different indicators. A relaxed and genuine smile while standing erect with your shoulders pulled back. Stand with your feet no more than shoulder-width apart. Feet should face straight forward and put equal pressure on each foot. Don’t shift your weight from side to side.
If your hands are empty, leave your hands by your side. Only use them when you are speaking to emphasise words. Don’t hold your hands together, either in front or behind. Keep hands out of your pockets and don’t fidget.
And above all, smile!
Also remember that it’s your hands and feet that are the hardest parts to control, and they are the most likely to give away how you are feeling.
How can we improve our body language?
Be more observant of how you carry yourself at other times and do it daily. Practice controlled abdominal breathing. If you do this well, you’ll find it will bring your pulse rate down faster, even after exercise. The slower and deeper you breathe, the more control you have.
Practice smiling. Smile at people as they walk past you in the street every day and two things will happen. One, you’ll get a lot of smiles back and your confidence and mood will improve. And two, smiling will become more natural, improving positive body language.
Alan Stevens is an International Profiling and Communications Specialist. He is regularly featured on National TV, Radio and in the World’s Press, profiling the likes of our leading politicians, TV and sports stars as well as Britain’s Royalty.
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