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How Body Language Can Make (or Break) a Job Interview

How Body Language Can Make (or Break) a Job Interview

Robert Ordona, for Yahoo! HotJobs

Shake it—don’t break it
Job interviews mean handshakes—so what are the secrets to the perfect handshake? The overly aggressive shake (or “death grip,” as Craig calls it) can be as off-putting as the limp handshake, so practice with a friend before the interview to find the right balance.

You’re going to be shaking with your right hand, so prepare by arranging your belongings on your left side. Offer your hand with the palm slightly up so that your interviewer’s hand covers yours. “It’s a sign that you’re giving them status,” says Bowden. And never cover the other person’s hand with the hand you’re not shaking with—it can be interpreted as a sign of domination.

Important steps
The walk to the interview is the perfect time to use body language: “Always follow that person, whether the person is the hiring manager or an assistant, to show you understand the protocol. You’re saying, ’I’m the job candidate, and you’re the company representative—I follow your lead.’” Bowen adds that you should try to “mirror” that person’s tempo and demeanor. “It shows you can easily fit into the environment.”

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