Job Interview Tips – No Brainer? Not necessarily

DO enter the room confidently.  When you meet your interviewer for the first time, hold your head up, put on a smile, and be sure you look like you are enthusiastic about the opportunity.  Interviews are not fun, but if you go into it anticipating torture, your body language will reflect this attitude.

DON’T shake hands like a dead fish. In any professional environment, a handshake can say a lot about a person.  Make sure your handshake is firm, not timid and limp.  However, don’t overdo it.  You certainly don’t want to be remembered as someone who broke the interviewer’s fingers!

DO try to mirror your interviewer.  Mirroring the body position of the person you are talking to is a natural tendency and this strategy often results in a more relaxed atmosphere.  Pay attention to your interviewer and try to mirror his or her attitude and actions in a subtle way. If your interviewer is extremely upbeat and enthusiastic, try to pick up on that emotion.  In the same respect, if he or she is more subdued, it is best to follow the same rule. This doesn’t mean that you should mimic everything your interviewer does. You want the environment to be comfortable – not creepy.

More tips to come…

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