Join Valerie Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the importance of body language, part of Acing Your Interview (2013).
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 …
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Where can I learn more about communication skills?
A: Discover more on this topic by visiting communication skills on lynda.com.
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.