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Emotional Body Language in a Job Interview

Emotional Body Language in a Job Interview



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Research on emotional body language is rapidly emerging as a new field in cognitive and affective neuroscience. This article reviews how whole-body signals are automatically perceived an understood, and their role in emotional communication and decision-making in a job interview
Research on emotional body language is rapidly emerging as a new field in cognitive and affective neuroscience. This article reviews how whole-body signals are automatically perceived an understood, and their role in emotional communication and decision-making in a job interview

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Emotional Body Language in a Job InterviewResearch on emotional body language is rapidly emerging as a new field in cognitive andaffective neuroscience. This article reviews how whole-body signals are automatically perceived an understood, and their role in emotional communication and decision-makingin a job interviewwww.BodyLanguageaCards.comMore than 90% of the job interview is conveyed by non-verbal means. You did all thehomework for your interview. You know everything about the company, their vision,management style, what skills you have that would benefit this company, and where youexpect your career to be in 10 years. Briefly you know all the correct answers to 249interview questions, but at the end of the day what really counts is the main question: didyou have good chemistry? Can they trust your message, and what you can do in order tomake sure that they will?We polish our verbal skills for an interview, but few of us give much consideration totheir non verbal communication and body language skills that support the verbalmessages and can make the deferent.Up-to-date research has proven that the large majority of messages are received invarying levels of effectiveness. The impact you make on others depends on what you say(7%), how you say it (38%), and by your body language (55%).Faces belong to bodiesAccording to article in NATURE REVIEWS NEUROSCIENCE 06From our encounters with others, we are just as familiar with emotional body language aswith facial expressions. Emotional body language is perceived as a means of influencingothers, for which social psychologists have provided detailed descriptions. During the past few decades, some isolated psychological studies have appeared5,27, butneuroscientific experiments on how humans perceive bodies have been reported onlyrecently. A challenging question in the wake of the long-standing debate about whether the brain is functionally specialized to process faces is whether there is also an area in the brain that is specifically activated by seeing body movement or posture. Are we as expertat interpreting body language as we are faces? There are areas in our brain that respond tofacial stimuli, but is there a corresponding area in the brain that is dedicated to bodies?Are the same areas involved in perceiving facial expressions and Emotional bodylanguage? Are consciousness and attention resources needed for processing bodies andrecognizing body movement and posture? Some of these questions can already beanswered.We can read other thoughts like open cards. The thoughts in our minds transfer intofeeling that get an emotional expressions that our body pronounces in thousand of gestures, postures, and expressions.The human body can produce over 700,000 unique movements. These movements have been partitioned into about 60 discrete and symbolic signals and around 60 gestures, postures, and expressions.Body language can be used to improve your negotiation skills, your presentation ability,and in different social interactions, including a job interview.
Reading body language is a valuable key at a job interview, it gives you more tools thanyou could have. To succeed over other confronts you must be attentive to what silent body gestures you are giving off, you also need to be aware of the interviewer's bodylanguage.When we think about the ways in which cultures differ in job interview, we usually usethe iceberg analogy. The aspects of culture that are immediately apparent, like food,language, customs and manners, are above the surface. Those aspects of culture that aremore hidden, that we are less consciously aware of, are below the surface. They include:1. Communication style.2. Interpersonal relations.3. Attitude toward authority.4. Orientation towards time.5. Attitude towards space.6. Thinking style.7. Tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty.8. Orientation to the environment.9. Values, beliefs and basic assumptions.If it is a natural form of communication, why do I need to learn it?Only a small percentage of the population perceive the non-verbal signs at the consciouslevel and can use body language as a tool to "read" others and to present themselves andtheir messages in a reliable way. These people can create empathy, detect lies withinseconds, and feel immediately when it’s the right time to close a deal. Others can learn it;many politicians practice body language techniques and use personal training for these purposes. Similarly, police and security experts are trained to understand body languageas a tool to detect lies. In the corporate world, body language interpretation is a key toolin the interview and hiring process of new employees. Some companies even have a bodylanguage expert present during interviews and as part of a negotiation team for large-scale deals.How to start? Entering with long stridesGo to the interview and imagine that you already got the job before the interview even begins. Positives thoughts transmitted by your body into positive gestures.The interview starts the moment you step into the room. Walk in tall, with a smile onyour face. Make sure your hands are free and offer it to the interviewer. Make thehandshake strong and firm, pumping hands once or twice, then releasing.Entering with long strides characterizes a person with long-term goals and the willingnessto take risks.Remember that we never get a second chance to make the first impression.Keep on open body - "I have nothing to hide".Straight, open hands forming one line with arm, shows honesty and openness.Keep open body posture and appropriate eye contact. Seat yourself at a reasonabledistance from the other person.Most of the people find it too hard to lie while their hands are open. This message is mostimportant as a first impression.Eye contact

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