Thursday, January 24, 2013

Make Your Body Language Work for You During an Interview

You've been practicing what to say at an interview, but have you considered what signals your body language is sending? Research suggests up to 93 percent of communication isn't transmitted via our words, but is broadcast through our actions and attitude.

Patti Wood, author of SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, suggests the following tips to help you wow your interviewer:

Palm-to-palm contact is key. Wood explains: "My research suggests that palm contact is more important than how firm your grip is … If someone shakes hands with you and gives you just her fingers and not her full palm, at a subconscious level you may think, 'What is she hiding? What is she keeping from me?'" Evaluate the all-important handshake and worry less about if you have a firm enough grip and more about extending your entire hand and palm when you greet someone.

How to sit. Don't make yourself smaller in stature. Appear brave by keeping your body open. Wood notes: "Keep your arms away from your body, legs uncrossed, and shoulders down and back."
Also take note of how you sit. Wood adds: "Research says that women perch, sitting on the edge of the seat, arching their backs, while men tend to slouch, relying more on the backrest. Perching the entire time makes you look less powerful. Vary your position, use lots of space, and put your arms on the armrest to look confident." When you position yourself effectively, you'll appear confident, vital, and energetic.

See full article here.