Sitting outside the job interview room ! All you can hear is the fast beating of your heart with your mind racing to tackle all the permutation and combination questions that can be hurled at you in a few minutes time.
Taking in as much oxygen as your lungs can handle. Just calm yourself and breathe out. After all, the foundation of even the first impression doesn’t lie on the words you speak from your mouth but the way your body communicates with others.
Go over the tips that will help you to nail the job interview
The interviewers often freeze their judgment within 10 seconds of meeting you. How you walk in is part of their judgment. Walk style builds or crushes potential interest in a person. Keep your spine straight, shoulders back, an elongated neck and a calm composure as you walk directly towards the person you are meeting. Also, maintain eye contact, occasionally breaking it to the sides.
A firm handshake (but don’t overdo it) sets the tone for the entire conversation. Hand gestures while speaking not only creates good credibility with your listeners but also aids your thinking process.
Our brain picks up on positivity so have your palms up on and off. It signals honesty and engagement leading to making the interviewer comfortable.
Sit firm, all the way leaning straight back in your chair a natural signal of assurance and confidence. Difficult for a natural sloucher but then an invisible puppeteer can always pull a few strings here and there to correct the posture.
An Eye for an Eye
Not a great idea if you literally go by the quote. To ensure you look interested and engaged, look at different parts of the person’s face every 2 seconds even if it means staring at that pimple poorly hidden by layers of foundation. This will help avoid just drilling into the interviewers eyes and creeping him/her out.
Beware, rapid blinking can communicate that you are uncomfortable with the prevailing conversation.
It is not just a metaphorical way to get ahead and thankfully, it is quite a natural thing to do when you’re engaged in a conversation. Leaning slightly forward with your shoulders back and chest high speaks out focus and enthusiasm.
The best way to uphold your attentiveness towards listening to the other person is by nodding occasionally. Nodding shows understanding, agreement and how much you are listening to the speaker and in return, give the speaker the inner satisfaction of you being on the same page as him.
It is scientifically proven that keeping your feet on the ground ( keeping your legs perpendicular to the ground) can help your thoughts shift from creative to highly complex rational ones with ease.
Relaxed arms show you are open to what is being communicated.
Breath of Calmness
An agitated you can pull you down. Hence its necessary to calm down those interview nerves. Deep breathing before the job interview helps bring down your heart rate, blood pressure and stress level. A calm mind is a creators workshop. Take a deep breath and speak clearly and slowly.
A smile can win many hearts and the best part is, it costs nothing. Lighten up the mood with your laughter where it’s appropriate, it again portrays your attentiveness. Be soft spoken, don’t be loud and certainly, don’t end each and every sentence with a question.
Mirror the body language of your interviewer but not to the extent of getting tagged as a creep. It helps show you are in agreement or sincerely trying to like the other person.
- Learn to read people’s body languages. It will help engage others in future conversations if you observe and act on their body language sign.
- End the meeting with a firm handshake and eye contact. Conveying the unspoken words that you hope to meet again.
Well, did it help me crack my job interview? It most certainly did. Hope it helps you out too.
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