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Work Hacks : Body Language

  2. BODYLANGUAGE —O_ Up to 93% of our communication is nonverbal making body language extremely important in the work place.
  4. FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER! —0_ Body language impacts first impressions before you’ve even introduced yourself. It reveals a lot about your own and other people’s thoughts and feefings.
  5. FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER! There are four main aspects of body language that you need to be aware of: Eye contact Gestures/ Movements Smile Body position
  6. THE WALK —O— First things first, your walk. lt’s important to appear professional from the outset.
  7. THE WALK Avoid any swagger which may be embedded in your walk and likewise avoid walking stiffly. Use a relaxed walk and avoid sauntering.
  8. THE WALK —O— Stand up straight and hold your posture high.
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  10. When you arrive, the interviewer may make small talk about the weather or your journey to the office, use this as an opportunity to showcase your interpersonal skills and Show your personality.
  11. When asked questions make sure you take a strategic pause to gather your thoughts. H”
  12. Ensure you use your preparation which you have done for the interview to answer questions correctly. Don’t just ramble on about nothing!
  13. Always keep a positive tone, it will Show your interest in the job. Use positive vocabulary to ensure a positive conversation.
  14. Don’t use a flat tone when speaking, use your intonation to highlight your skills and attributes.
  15. EYE CONTACT —0— Different situations require different levels of eye
  16. EYE CONTACT —0_ In an interview situation, make sure you make eye contact regularly. Try to glance away occasionally to not come off too intense.
  17. EYE CONTACT —O_ Maintaining eye contact will enforce an interest in what they have to say as well as showing they have your full attention.
  18. NERVOUS _0— A tell-tale Sign of being nervous is to look at the ground or to the side for prolonged periods of time.
  19. NERVOUS —0— If you are nervous, remember the person who you are speaking to has been in the same position as you before, they have been interviewed before and have probably felt as nervous.
  20. NERVOUS —0_ Take a deep breath and look straight at them. Listen to what they are saying or asking and soon enough you will forget about your nerves.
  21. SMILING Smiling is your best asset and it reveals a lot about your personality, it’s an invitation to engage in conversation.
  22. SMILING —0_ You should smile with your whole face, this includes your eyes. This will make your expression genuine and friendly.
  23. SMILING —0— Smiling with your mouth tightly shut won’t come across as genuine, avoid this as it will convey a completely different message.
  25. BODY POSITION —O— When individuals are nervous, they tend to tuck their feet under their chair away from the person in front of them and keep their arms close to their
  26. BODY POSITION —O— In a professional environment it is important to appear confident and organised. To do this, you should claim your space by placing your feet on the ground when you take a seat, lean back and let your arms relax into a natural position
  27. BODY POSITION The more comfortable you look, the more comfortable you will feel. Keep in mind that it is important not to look too laid back.
  28. BODY POSITION —O— Closing your arms implies that you are closing the world off and choosing to protect yourself. It can also suggest that you are physically choosing to block yourself from the other person and are not open to listen to what they are saying.
  29. BODY POSITION —0_ Keep your posture open. Aligning your shoulders with those of the person who you are talking with.
  31. GESTURES AND MOVEMENTS —0— Quickly get on the interviewer’s good side by mirroring their positive body movements. This works effectively by replicating a nod or subtle shift in posture but the best way to do this is with a handshake.
  32. GESTURES AND MOVEMENTS —0— Handshakes can indicate numerous things depending on how they are carried out.
  33. GESTURES AND MOVEMENTS —0— It’s best to have an equal and vertical handshake as it will appear relaxed and not threatening.
  34. GESTURES AND MOVEMENTS —0— Try avoid facing the palm down as this is a dominant and aggressive Sign and facing your palm upwards will appear submissive, both of these types of handshakes should be avoided in the work place.
  35. GESTURES AND MOVEMENTS —0— Finally, avoid fidgeting. Your mind might be going at 100mph but you shouldn’t portray this in your body language. Try not to shift in your seat, fiddle with objects or tap your feet.
  36. GESTURES AND MOVEMENTS —0_ To overcome this clasp your hands together, place them on the table or on the arm of a chair.
  37. Finally, the main thing to remember is to be relaxed.
  38. I .0 I Yes, you may be entering a professional environment but you are just talking to people like yourself so remain relaxed and do what feels natural. ITIO
  39. l 1; I Your interview isn’t a test, it’s an opportunity for both parties, equally, to get to know one another. filo
  40. l ‘l .0 I In an interview you will now be able to use your body language correctly alongside your talent in order to create the perfect opportunity for your future. IO
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