8 Biggest Body Language Mistakes Minnesotans Make In Job Interviews
Obviously the New Year has got many Minnesotans reflecting on their lives and thinking about making some life changes. Maybe you're hoping to score a new job this year. If you're searching for your dream job, make sure you don't make any of these rookie mistakes!
- Not making eye contact--If you don't make eye contact then it appears like you're being dishonest. Practice making eye contact with a family member or friend before your interview for a new job if making eye contact is difficult for you to do.
- Not smiling--Job interviews are serious things by nature, but don't forget to turn that frown upside down. The person interviewing you wants to know you'll be a joy to work with and not Mr. Crabs.
- Playing with something on the table/squirming around in your chair--If you're fidgeting with things on the table or can't sit still in your chair, the person interviewing you is going to think you're nervous, anxious and lack confidence.
- Crossing your arms in front of your chest--This is just bad body language that says you're putting up a wall. You seem less open to new ideas and not as approachable.
- Bad posture--You don't look very professional and you appear to lack serious motivation. Sit up straight and keep your head up!
- Playing with your hair/face--This is extremely distracting, and a huge red flag that you're nervous. It's a nervous crutch!
- Weak handshake or one that's too strong--Either extreme is a huge interviewing mistake. A weak handshake says you lack confidence and a strong handshake says you're really cocky--find a balance.
- Gesturing with your hands when you talk--Some hand gesturing is a good thing, but be careful to not overdo it.
Good luck in your job search! Remember to be cool, confident and collected. You've got this!