7 Body Language Mistakes To Avoid During Your Next Job Interview [Infographic]

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A job interview is your best chance to make a good impression on a future boss and team, and while it's also a time for them to impress you, you want to make sure you send the right message with your non-verbals. This graphic outlines seven different body language mistakes you won't want to make, and how to avoid them.

Some of these are mistakes you've likely heard before at some point, like how bad it can be to avoid making eye contact (although too much is a problem in itself), or how incessant fidgeting can take attention away from what you're trying to say and make people around you focus on how nervous you are. Some of the others, like exaggerated nodding, crossed arms (or other closed body language), and a weak handshake are all other no-nos.

The graphic below shows you how to avoid all of them. Even if you can't help fidgeting, there are ways to work around them without looking like you're forcing yourself to sit up straight. It also explains how to do it natural without spending a ton of mental effort on how you come off to others.

[Via OnStride]


    Had a video(skype) interview recently, I found it unpleasant. But that's the way of the world now, so any tips for video interviews?

    What was really unnerving was being interviewed by 2 people on one cam, so only see right half of face for person 1 and left half for person 2.

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