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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.
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Ace your interview and land the job you want. Join author Valerie Sutton as she explores the different types of interview questions and styles you might expect, and how to prepare for them by researching the company and practicing your answers. Uncover the best ways to create a good first impression and navigate the interview, as well as handle the tricky questions and identify the unlawful ones. Plus, learn how to assess your own performance, thank the company for their time, and follow up on a decision.

Topics include:
  • Understanding interview formats
  • Anticipating questions and preparing answers
  • Researching potential employers
  • Establishing good body language in the interview
  • Reviewing your performance
  • Answering questions using the Situation-Action-Result method
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Business
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Valerie Sutton

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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Q: This course was updated on 6/05/2013. What changed?
A: We added new videos on handling tricky and possibly illegal interview questions, what your body language says about you, and how to answer questions with the SAR (Situation-Action-Result) method.
 
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