Body Language and Interviewing


I recently read a series of comments on a blog that mentioned how important a handshake is in terms of making a good first impression. What was really shocking to me was how a few readers were total denial about the importance of body language. One reader was very defensive and felt that his handshake should have nothing to do with getting hired. It should all have been about his skills. I wanted to reach through cyberspace and shake him; tell him to wake up.

There are some things that, whether you like it or not, are quite simply, reality.

Here are 8 FACTS-

1. First impressions have a big impact on the entire interview and outcome of that interview.

2. A warm, firm handshake makes a great first impression.

3. A warm, genuine smile makes a great lasting impression.

4. Good eye contact is imperative.

5. Sit forward in your chair. The impression is that you are interested in what the person interviewing you has to say.

6. Don’t fidget or use your hands too much when talking. It’s distracting.

7. Keep both feet on the ground. Don’t cross your legs.

8. A warm, firm handshake when you are done and leaving closes the interview with a good impression.

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About annspoor
Ann Spoor is the Jerry McGuire to Corporate Executives and Professionals. She is an Executive Talent Agent, Executive Coach, Career Manager, Executive Branding Expert, and Social Media Coach. Ann lives in Denver with her husband Mark and their 2 kids. The Leadership Lattice is an interview series conducted by Ann Spoor CEO & Founder of Executive Lattice. The series focuses on Leadership in the private & public sector. Please subscribe to this blog to follow along in the discussion. www.executivelattice.com

One Response to Body Language and Interviewing

  1. Ann,

    As much as we may not like it, you’re right on when you say that first impressions count. The handshake is a big part of that first impression. Those who find that objectionable may find comfort looking at the situation through a different lens.

    Employers seek emotionally intelligent workers to add to their ranks. Emotional intelligence starts with self awareness. Your handshake and eye contact are two ways you can instantly convey your level of awareness of impact on others — or lack thereof.

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