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Understanding the importance of body language

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Video: Understanding the importance of body language

Beyond practicing interview questions and navigating difficult situations, body language is essential to a successful interview. As we have mentioned, studies actually show that 93% of communication occurs through body language. In the interview process there are three key areas you'll want to focus on. First you'll want to have proper posture. Relax and lean slightly forward towards your interviewer. This is gives the impression that you're interested versus leaning back which will make you appear too relaxed. You can also try mirroring your interviewer.

Understanding the importance of body language

Beyond practicing interview questions and navigating difficult situations, body language is essential to a successful interview. As we have mentioned, studies actually show that 93% of communication occurs through body language. In the interview process there are three key areas you'll want to focus on. First you'll want to have proper posture. Relax and lean slightly forward towards your interviewer. This is gives the impression that you're interested versus leaning back which will make you appear too relaxed. You can also try mirroring your interviewer.

Sometimes you can establish rapport by adopting the same posture. Second, you'll want to maintain proper eye contact. To avoid appearing aggressive, you should blink at regular intervals and nod your head now and then. If this feels uncomfortable for you, practice with a friend. Third, you'll want to be aware of the tone and pitch of your voice. Speaking in a clear and controlled voice will show that you are confident. You should remember that body language is specific to cultures. So if you're interviewing in countries outside of the US, you'll want to research proper body language for that country.

At the end of this course, we've included a video that demonstrates how body language can affect how others perceive you.

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