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Jun 27

Handshakes and Body LanguageWhen you go on an important job interview, you have to watch your body language as carefully as you reviewed your resume. To land the position you really want, make sure your actions say as much to your prospective employer as your words.

First of all, maintaining confident eye contact is imperative. You should look directly at your interviewer to show your level of interest and attention to the conversation. However, you should occasionally look away briefly so you are not staring and sending a message of dominance.

When you greet the interviewer, make eye contact and extend your hand for a handshake. A firm handshake shows that you are professional and self-confident. A limp handshake indicates a lack of confidence, while an overly firm handshake indicated you want to overpower the interviewer.

Finally, carefully consider your body language while you speak with the interviewer. For example, when you cross your legs or arms it is a sign you are blocking out the interview’s statements and may not be listening carefully. Sit up straight – slouchers look like slackers. Avoid twirling your hair, biting your lip or any other gestures that show you are nervous. Try to slightly mirror the interviewers body language to show you are on the same page, but not an imitator.

Using the body language, eye contact and handshake can help to land you the job of your dreams.

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