I taught resume writing and targeting today in a daylong series of workshops called the Hiring Academy. There was one student there that I got a negative vibe from. It wasn’t from the questions that he asked, or in the tone of voice in which he asked them, but in the attitude of his body when I gave my answers. It was in the laid-back way in which he sat, the closed-off folding of his arms, and even the tilt of his head and the raising of his eyebrows that told me, whether he wanted to or not, that he wasn’t buying my schtick.
Later on this afternoon we had a mock interview session in which students interviewed each other, enabling us instructors to walk around and listen, giving input as necessary. If that student had used that reclined attitude there, his co-attendees would have certainly straightened him out.
When interviewing for a job, attending a job fair, networking with employers, employment counselors, recruiters or even other jobseekers, remember that what your body says speaks volumes more than words could ever do. Practice active listening– lean forward, look interested, smile! Be positive when engaging in conversation. Even if you don’t mean it, even if you would rather be anywhere else than where you are, don’t betray that. Don’t let your body do so either.
Do you know how you look when in an interview? See if a local employment center or job club holds mock interviews and ask them to videotape you. I bet you’ll be surprised at what you see.
Remember: actions DO speak louder than words!
- What Is the Purpose of a Mock Interview? (jobs.answers.com)
- Tiny Tweeks = Big Changes! (jamienspringer.wordpress.com)
- Uncross Those Arms: How Body Language Plays a role in Life & Fiction (theintrinsicwriter.wordpress.com)