Carol Kinsey Goman, body language expert and author of the book “The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work” says that the first 7 minutes on a job interview can dramatically make or break your chances of landing the job. It is important that you turn things in your favor during this short period to increase your chances of being considered and ultimately being offered the post you’re applying for. While 7 minutes does not sound like a long enough time to make a lasting good impression, knowing and mastering powerful non-verbal cues can help you achieve everything you need to leave a good impression during your job search for a full-time or part-time job in Singapore.
Goman suggests mastering the following tips and putting them into practice on your next interview schedule. If you do each of them right, 7 minutes is all you need to be one-step closer to that all important job offer.
1. Adjust Your Attitude
Goman talks about the importance of adjusting your attitude in a short video available on her website. She talks about the importance of warming up for an interview even before you meet and talk to the interviewer. She stresses the value of making a conscious effort to project positive personas such as friendliness, happiness, approachability, and curiosity. She adds that making a conscious choice of good attitude while waiting for the interview to start ensures you embody that attitude even after walking inside the interview room.
2. Stand Tall
Posture is another strong non-verbal cue. Stand tall with your back straight, your shoulders pulled back and your head held high. Standing tall fuels your confidence and empowers you further by making you feel good about yourself.
3. Be Generous With Your Smile
Goman talks about the smile as a sign of welcome and a great way to convey friendliness and approachability. The moment you meet your interviewer, get ready to share with them your smile and be generous with it. A genuine smile helps activate the reward center in the brain making it easy for the other person to talk to you and listen to what you have to say.
4. Make Eye Contact
The eyes are the windows to the soul. Making and maintaining an eye contact with the hiring officer or the employer indicates interests and transmits positive energy. In the video, Goman says that eye contact helps convey openness that can dramatically increase your likability factor. She suggests looking at the person’s eyes long enough to notice what color they are.
5. Simulate an Eyebrow Flash
An eyebrow flash is a universal signal of recognition and acknowledgment according to Goman. After making an eye contact raise your eyebrow slightly to simulate an eyebrow flash. This will further increase the level of familiarity and comfort between you and the interviewer setting the stage for a continuous and stress-free conversation.
6. Lean Forward Slightly
Goman recommends leaning forward slightly when answering interview questions or when listening to what the interviewer is saying. This non-verbal cue communicates engagement and genuine interest. Be careful not to lean too much as the interviewer might feel you are starting to invade his/her privacy.
7. Shake Hands
Goman talks about the importance of shaking hands during the interview to build rapport. In the video, she reveals that it takes 3 hours of continuous interaction to develop the same level of rapport you can get with a single handshake.Handshakes vary from culture to culture but in the business world, the standard for a good handshake is pretty much the same. The hand should clasp the other hand with equal pressure and with fingers down or at a slight angle. Curl your fingers around the other person’s hand so both the index finger and the thumb point toward each other. Hold the interviewer’s hands in a comfortable duration, not too short and not too long. If in doubt, remember to mirror the handshake of your interviewer – give them a strong handshake or a gentle handshake when they do.
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