to speak body language
How can we appear so cool
when we are feeling so nervous?
Most interviewees who ask for advice are told "Just be yourself” is the
wrong approach, why not turn up in an old tracksuit? You would never do that,
so why just "be yourself” in body language? Instead, by marketing your body
language, you can control your own success.
According to experts,
body language accounts for 55 per cent of the effect we have when
communicating. Tone of voice accounts for 33 per cent, and words for just seven
per cent – so what you say matter much less that how you behave.
Employers nowadays are
cautious about the fast – talking interviewee who has learned certain words and
phrases but who may be hiding a basic lack of knowledge or simply lying. So
they look increasingly for other signs which will show a person`s character and
ability – such as body language.
You will be more
impressive at an interview if you have prepared by doing a "dress rehearsal” of
your posture, facial expressions and hand movements in front of a mirror. It
sounds ridiculous but it works.
When it comes to facial
signals, you should always smile when you enter the interview room and when the
interview has finished, because first and last impressions count. Try to smile
from the eyes first – if models can do this, so can we. There is nothing worse
than a painted – on smile and terrified eyes.