How to make sure your body language lands you that dream job

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Nail that interview for your perfect job role with these top tips...

Confident business woman
Did you know you only have seven seconds to make a good first impression? Yikes.

So if you're going for an interview to land that dream job, make sure your body language doesn't cost you the role.

Melvin Scales, executive coach and Wake Forest University Schools of Business Assistant Director of Student Career Services explained to ScienceDaily.com that 75 percent of a first impression comes from body language – including having good eye contact, a slight smile and a firm handshake.

The other 25 percent is all about your conversation skills.

Scales teaches his students to control their body language using a technique called 'head, shoulders, knees and toes'…

Head
Keep your eyes focused on the interviewer without staring. Blink, but don't wink.

Smile now and then to assure the interviewer that you understand what is being asked, as well as during your responses. This generates confidence.

Don't look up or from side to side when responding to a question. Averting your gaze makes you seem less certain, trustworthy and truthful.

Shoulders
Keep your back straight, head up and with your arms at your side or hands clasped below your waist.

Minimise the use of your hands during the interview. They should remain below shoulder level at all times.

When you want to make an emphatic point, lean slightly towards the interviewer without invading his or her space, which is about three feet.

Knees and Toes
Men should sit with backs straight and feet flat on the floor. Women's legs should be crossed at the ankles underneath the chair.

If part of the interview is conducted while walking and talking or standing, be careful not to shift your weight or rock.

Perfect. Well that's 75 per cent sorted, the other 25 is up to you…


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