GREENSBORO, NC -- Your resume is right on. Your qualifications are what the employer is looking for. So, what's wrong? Body Language Blanca Cobb says often times our choice of words or our body language gives off a "don't hire me" vibe.
How to control your nerves before your job interview?
Strike a power pose for 2 minutes before your interview. The physiological effect is to decrease your cortisol level (stress hormone) and increase your testosterone level. You psych yourself into feeling confident.
How to release tension during your job interview.
If you're wearing closed-toe shoes, squeeze your toes within your shoes instead of fidgeting with your fingers or playing with a pen.
Body language during the interview:
Raise your eyebrows after making eye contact when saying hello. Raising your eyebrows helps establish a deeper level of comfort between you and the interviewer.
Sit caddy corner to the interviewer. Sitting at an angle (vs. head-on) is more amicable and comfortable for both you and the interviewer.
Control your head nodding. Instead of looking like a bobble-head, nod your head once or twice.
People forget to smile. Smiling naturally relaxes your facial muscles so you don't look so serious. Many people don't realize that they have a scowl on their face while they're talking. Employers are not only looking for skilled people, but also people who are have great personalities. So smile and let your personality shine through.
Respect personal space. Many people get too close to the interviewer. You want at least 1 1/2 feet between you and the interviewer.
Watch what you say:
Kill the verbal fillers - ums and ers. Many people rely on ers and ums to fill in the silence. They feel that someone should be talking at all times. It's better to close your lips and pause while you think. You'll come across more professional and eloquent.
Delete the words "things" and "you know." The word "things" is non-descriptive and non-specific. When you use the word "things," it makes you sound like you don't know what you're talking about. Instead be specific so the interview isn't guessing at what you're saying.
When you use the phrase "you know," you're making the assumption that the interviewer knows what you're talking about. However, they don't have a clue because they aren't mind readers. Be specific and explain yourself clearly. If you can't or don't explain yourself or your points clearly then you're sending subtle messages of that you'll effective lack communication skills on the job.