Saturday, December 8, 2007

#6 of My Top 8 Behaviors for a Successful Interview

#6: There is value in the details. Managers are often incredibly busy, which makes for short interviews. Therefore additional importance is placed on maximizing the time available and requires a focus on the more subtle points of the interview, such as giving a firm handshake, maintaining eye contact and practicing good posture. Your nonverbal cues can say a lot about your personality and interest in the position. Seemingly small behaviors can send un-intended messages, and examples include:

· Crossing arms: Closed; keeping people at bay.
· Over-reacting; nodding hurriedly: Insincere; unprofessional.
· Tense facial expressions: Nervous; control-oriented; or angry.

It is normal to be nervous, and some tension is to be expected. Take a few long, slow breaths to calm down.

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