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Before and after: a job interview guidebook

Body Language for Business


A job interview is a stressful situation. You may find yourself doing the strangest things such as biting your lower lip, blinking a lot, fiddling with your hands, or sweating. These are normal reactions to stress. However, there are techniques to control your anxiety and make you appear confident. Making eye contact and smiling and dressing to impress are common suggestions. Let's take a look at other strategies suggested in Body Language for Business by Max A. Eggert.

Build Rapport

  • initiate the handshake
  • mirror the other person's body language
  • put your shoulders in parallel
  • nod to show understanding and interest

Building rapport is the key to getting your dream job. You are performing for an audience, so sell yourself! Confidence is key and is all a part of how you answer the questions being put to you. If you're unsure of how to answer a question, ask the interviewer to rephrase it. When responding to questions, be sure to not only answer the question but draw on your experience. Short narratives and anecdotes are great ways to show that you reflect and learn from both your mistakes and your accolades.

The interview is almost over, and the last question put to you is "Do you have any questions?" The interviewer is testing to see if you've done some research on the company, and the question offers a chance to research the company in person. So come prepared with questions written on a small notepad. (Don't rely on your phone in case there are technical difficulties.) Here are some sample tactics to respond to the "Question" question.

  • Clarify the interviewer's uncertainties and doubts: What would the perfect candidate look like? Are there any gaps in my experience that I can clarify?
  • Uncover the company's red flags: What difficulties do you predict for your organization in the next 6 months to a year?
  • Get a view of the future: What types of people are successful in your company?
  • Build a relationship: How did you get your start in the industry? Why do you stay?

After the interview

  • Get a business card so you have the correct name and email address of the interviewer
  • Ask to connect on LinkedIn and do so
  • Promote your candidacy and qualifications by sending a thank you email within 24 hours of the interview
  • Check in periodically via email first and then by phone. Keep your conversations short and professional. Don't be demanding, annoying, or antagonistic.
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