8 Quick Interview Tips To Boost Your Chances At Job Interviews
Winning at job interviews is all about having the right strategic
approach and following that approach relentlessly till you get the job
you want. At the same time, there are several useful interview tips you
should remember and implement during and before the actual meeting with
your prospective employers.
Here are 8 quick tips relating to body language that are sure to help
you at any employment interview. Many people violate these guidelines
knowingly or otherwise and thus ruin their chances of success despite
being an excellent candidate for the position.
1. Use words to respond to questions, not head or hand movements. It
does not speak highly of you if you merely nod or shake your head when
the interview asks you a question, even if that question has a simple
yes or no answer.
Avoid sitting there with your arms crossed across your chest. Some
folks make the mistake of crossing not just their arms, but their legs
as well! If you do this, you convey the impression that for some
reason, you are being aloof or stand-offish. Not a good idea at all.
Do not use overly expressive hand gestures (or exaggerated head
movements) while answering questions. It lacks refinement (in most
situations anyway) and is highly distracting.
4. Don't act in a fidgety manner when listening to or answering questions. Doing so may signal lack of confidence.
Avoid shrugging your shoulders when you get hit with a question you
think you don't know how to respond to. First of all, take a moment to
think about the question and possible answers to it. Even if you must
say “I don't know”, do so verbally and not with a shoulder shurg.
This shouldn't even be there on this list, but at job interviews, don't
yawn! Put another way, make sure you get plenty of sleep the night
before the interview. Yawning is an expression of boredom or maybe even
disrespect. Don't do it.
7. Some people have the habit
of biting their lips when they are not saying anything. This is a
big no-no, obviously. It can convey the thought that you are being less
than truthful and are making something up.
8. Remember to
smile! A sincere smile does wonders for establishing rapport and
putting both yourself and the interviewers at ease. Be sure to maintain
eye contact when you smile and also as appropriate during the
Do keep these simple – yet often violated –
interview tips in mind. You are sure to boost your chances of success
at your next job interview.
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