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Body Language During Job Interviews

Body Language During Job Interviews

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Published by Srinivasa Rao G

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Published by: Srinivasa Rao G on Jan 18, 2008
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Body Language During Job InterviewsPostures and body movements are unconscious forms of expressions and therefore theyhave a language of their own. We are un ware of our gestures and body movements most of the time, but other people can notice our gestures and movements if they pay attention toand know what they mean. An important thing to be noted here is that body language applies not only to theinterviewer but also to the interviewee. Also, note that these gestures may happenthroughout the conversation or a discussion and they change as the conversation progresses.The objective of paying attention to nonverbal communication is to help you change thedirection of the conversation. If the person is showing negative gestures, then you need tochange the topic by asking a new question or talking about something else. In this issue of the Career Headlines, we provide you a comprehensive list of probable body gestures,which you can watch out for during a course of a job interview.1.Crossed arms - means that the person is in a defensive and reserved mood.2 .Crossed arms and legs - means that the person feels very reserved and suspicious.3 .Open arms and hands - means that the person is open and receptive.4 .Standing before you with hands inside the pockets - means he is not sure or feelssuspicious.5 .Standing before you with hands on hips - means he is receptive and ready to help you out.6 .Sitting in a chair shaking one of the legs - means he feels nervous and uncomfortable.7 .If the eyes are downcast and face turned away - means he is not interested in what youare saying.8 .With the palm of the hand holding or supporting chin - means he is in an evaluatingposition and being critical.9 .Leaning back in chair with both hands clasped behind head - means he is in an analyticalmood, but it is also a gesture of superiority.10 .Rubbing or touching nose when asking a question - means he is not telling the completetruth.

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