Jose Nunez
over 6 months ago
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Body Language!

How can I practice improving my body language? I’ve been to a couple of interviews for warehouse jobs that I should have landed with no problem based on my previous experience and qualifications but didn’t. I asked my brother to record me during a mock interview to find out what I was saying or doing wrong to blow these job opportunities. I noticed myself consistently breaking eye contact and looking away to think about answers. I kept fidgeting around in my chair and my overall energy level looked low. My answers were okay but I think I need to be more descriptive with my examples which I feel comfortable figuring out how to improve on my own. I’m not sure what I can do with my body language though. How can I program myself subconsciously to maintain a positive visual presence during these stressful experiences?

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Samuel Fuller

Awareness is the first step. Have you tried going over the same interview in front of a mirror? You might feel silly but it's the best way to practice body adjustments for an interview while no one is watching you.

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Tanya Fitzgerald

Jose, practice, practice practice. A steady gaze is not a marker of honesty and an interviewer would feel uncomfortable if you never took your eyes off them. That being said, you have correctly identified your major sticking points-the fidgeting and your lack of enthusiasm. Again, you don't have to be "Flo" perky (I wouldn't recommend it) but a smile, upright posture and hands in lap will project your confidence. You should anticipate several interviewer questions (tell me about yourself, tell me about your last position, why do you want to work for me etc.) and practice your responses and delivery prior to your next interview. Fidgeting projects boredom (heavens to Betsy) and suggests lack of interest to an interviewer. With your hands in your lap you won't have the opportunity to fidget, upright posture projects confidence and a smile is welcoming. Frankly, most interviewers won't be going through the playbook to determine your "correct" answers but you can give yourself an edge by presenting those answers with confidence and poise. I wish you well.

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Eric Nagel

Just be yourself and as far as eye contact don't look at their eyes when you talk to people look just above their eyes. Learned that in the Marines

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Michael Gallagher

Jose,i'm mike. that will have to come with practice.that's all i can say! good luck!

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Tamara McCarthy

First, be yourself. Dress appropriately! Very important. When you are introduced to the interviewer shake his/her hand. During your interview keep good eye contact,, do not let your eyes wander around the room, listen closely to what is being said or questions being asked. Since interviews are nerve racking (to say the least), try not to wiggle in your chair, twist your hair, crack your knuckles, etc. Sit with your hands in your lap and legs crossed or both feet on the floor. During the interview do not discuss or speak negatively in any way about your last place of employment...(.includes your boss, immediate supervisor etc). If you are asked why you left your last job answer appropriately rather than saying "I hated the guy who sat next to me" or "my boss was unorganized". In the simplest of terms, an interview should be a time that you shine..........write down notes if you need to so you can refer to the important things that you remembered the night before as we all tend to forget the most important points while under stress. And finally, even if you do not get hired take advantage of learning from the interview and think of ways to improve what you said or did. Good Luck.............everyone deserves, and should receive respect, honesty and be able to see your most valuable attributes, contributions to past employers (no matter how large or how small).

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