You had a killer resume, your suit was perfect, you answered cleverly to every question but it's been a month and nobody called you back. Even if you said nothing wrong, maybe your body did.
The 4 moves that made you fail your last job interview
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You had a killer resume, your suit was perfect, you answered cleverly to every question but it's been a month and nobody called you back. Even if you said nothing wrong, maybe your body did...
An unbalanced handshake
Not too loose, not too dominant. Your handshake is the first impression you give out, hence it cannot be ignored. Having a floppy handshake can be seen as a lack of confidence. On the other hand crushing the recruiter’s hand is not a solution, the interviewer is not an adversary you have to beat.
A firm, dry handshake is a sign of professionalism and cooperation.
Stroking your chin, scratching your leg, holding your nose… those gestures may help you to get over stress, but in fact they show to the interviewer how stressed out you are. It is normal to stress out in a job interview, but by limiting these gestures you show that you are able to handle a stressful situation.
Having a distraught or insistent look
“The eyes are the mirror of the soul”, that is why the look might be the most important thing in an interview. Once again balance is everything. Locking eyes with someone for a long period of time can be seen as aggressive, not to say unsettling, for an interviewer, yet a shifty or tired look will be seen as a lack of confidence once more.
In other words, just act casual, maintain eye contact long enough to make a connection with your interlocutor and then break, allowing you to think of your next answer or prepare yourself, before making eye contact again.
Playing with your pen, stomping the ground repetitively, taping the table with your fingers… this time you are the one being stressful for the interviewer!
Keep your feet on the ground, take some notes to keep your hands busy or simply keep them together, but at all cost avoid playing on the recruiter’s nerves!
You do not have to follow these tips as a recipe for success, the only thing you have to remember is that during an interview, much like in life, moderation is key. One does not hug someone they just met, one does not yell nor whisper. An interview is not about being perfect, it is about making someone that barely knows you comfortable for 15mn and convincing him/her that you are not a sociopath.
by Jolan Samper-Bidegorry