Companies look for people that have soft skills -- basically meaning individuals who are empathetic and comfortable with others. Making open gestures convey those qualities,
Open gestures show others that you can buld rapport and that you are comfortable with yourself.
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The final way of demonstrating strength and confidence is with having good posture.
People who feel disengaged at a meeting or who believe they have little to add often slouch. So by having good posture by sitting or standing tall, you're demonstrating stature.
Having a warm and engaging smile is another important aspect of body language during a job interview.
When you meet your interviewer, show a warm smile because after all, you will be judged by your ability to connect with people.
Practice having an "inner smile" because that refelcts genuine enjoyment and empathy. It's the kind of smile that makes people want to smile as well.
When talking to a person, you don't turn your back against them but rather face them. This body language shows respect and suggest that you are both aligned.
During an interview, whether in-person or virtually, make sure your body is positioned so that you are fully facing your interviewer, this will make the interviewer feel that you are fully committed to what the two of you are discussing.
Body language provides a key to succeeding in job interviews. Non-verbal cues make up 60% to 80% of face-to-face communication. Your physical presence shows your strengths as a candidate more than your words.
Body language helps indicate whether an applicant is fit for the job. However, in the digital world, Zoom interviews lack the physical cues that are present in live interactions.
"Stillness is power"
This does not mean that you should be stiff and avoid making any gestures at all, but more so like touching your face, fixing your hair, or fidgeting.
These unnecessary movements are like nervous ticks that can convey the impression that you are not at ease with the interview.
Maintaining eye contact is one of the most important body language cues that you can give. Maining eye contact reflects confidence where even research indicates that high status people tend to look longer at people they're talking to than lower status people do.
Remember to be generous with your eye contact. Always look at people, not anywhere else. During video interviews, look directly into the webcam and sit close enough to the camera to initiate conversational rapport.
Recruiters favour a résumé tailored for the specific job you’re seeking. They are put off by generic documents that look like they’ve been sent out time and again.
Despite this fact, most candidates don’t bother to customize their résumés. That’s quite shocking in light of the fact that most job seekers typically apply for upward of 100 to 200 jobs.
When you speak off-script, you may worry that you will go off on a tangent.
But getting straight to the point and sticking with it comes down to knowing your message. When you are sure of your message, you can change your words without ever losing the thread.
When job seekers apply for a position, they often have to jump through more hoops to prove themselves than in the past. Many companies demand drawn-out and multiple steps in the interview process that seem like a job in itself.
How a company treats you during the interview process is a good indicator of the company culture. Asking yourself some questions can give you valuable insight into the company.
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