Do you have an interview coming up? Way to go!
So you've heard that it's important to make a great first impression when meeting someone...well it is! When interviewing for a job position, hiring managers will be looking to see if you put your best foot forward or whether you fall prey to common nervous habits. For example, avoid:
1) Giving a lousy handshake
They're not kidding when they say that a handshake can make or break someone's first impression. It's an easy slip-up, so be sure to practice your handshake before the real interview. Remember to maintain eye contact, smile, lean forward slightly, shake from below the elbow and shake no more than five times.
2) Dodging eye contact
Maintaining eye contact with the interviewers will prove to them that you’re confident and have what it takes to fill the position. Likewise, it will show them you are interested in what they have to say. If you dodge their eye contact, employers might feel uncomfortable or assume that you don't take the process seriously.
3) Pulling or plucking your hair
Although it can be easy to fiddle with your hair during interviews, avoid this nervous habit at all costs! Not only does it come off as unprofessional, the interviewers might think you're distracted or not even paying attention at all.
It's good to answer questions completely, but it's also important to keep your responses concise. Be careful of talking too much and using vocal fillers like "um" and "uh." Instead, simply stay to the point with relevant information. Save your whole life story for friends and family members.
Remember what your mom said about slouching and sit up straight during interviews! Slouching can make it look like you don't really care about the position or you're bored. Show the hiring manager that you're engaged by maintaining good posture.
Now that you know what not to do, you can feel like a pro in your next interview!
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