10 Body Language Don’ts That Will Torpedo Your Interview
February 3rd, 2015 by lewisTweet
I’ve been reading Lou Adler’s Hire With Your Head. Adler has a good section detailing how ten nervous traits can be interpreted negatively by the interviewer. Here’s the list of nervous traits, along with the corresponding negative interpretation.
- Shallow responses can be interpreted as being not very intelligent, no sense of humor, or lack of judgment.
- Sweaty palms can be seen as being weak, soft, or nerdy. Definitely not someone you’d want making a presentation to a customer or executive.
- Twitching can show that a candidate is nervous, uncomfortable with people, and possibly not a team player.
- Too chatty can be perceived as being dumb and superficial.
- Lack of confidence can appear mislabeled as passive.
- No eye contact can be interpreted as untrustworthy.
- Saying stupid things can demonstrate that one is a real jerk, a weak team player, or insensitive to others.
- Lack of warmth can be seen as arrogant.
- Superficial questions shows that a candidate has wrong priorities or no character.
- A dry throat, strained voice, or coughing can show that one lacks confidence, is unprepared, or doesn’t possess insight.
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