Succeed or Fail: Signals in a job interview

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Signals in a job interview: Succeed or Fail (PART I)

When we’re interviewed by a PHR (Professional in Human Resources) we have to be very careful with what we do because in these type of interviews, your movements and vocabulary will be carefully analysed and some signs you use can manage to get you the job as well as loose it.

This article will be focused on those movements that you don’t necessarily know you’re doing and that can be used against you when you’re trying to get a new job.

What many people always advice to people when presenting to a job interview is mainly to be confident with the interviewer in order to make a good impression. The problem is that people always focus on how to make the candidates more self-assured, when actually there are two types of people: the ones with low confidence and the ones who have too much of it. Both of them can make an interview go wrong. If you feel identified with the people that have a lack of confidence, this article might help you.

Often Professionals in Human Resources are very clever and create tricky situations to make candidates show the best or worst of them, so you have to be prepared for stressful situations.

Always remember that you are the owner of your body, and therefore the one with the power to control it and thrive in life.


What happens when a person is unexperienced, nervous and doesn’t have much self-confidence?

Succeed or Fail Signals in a job interview
Succeed or Fail Signals in a job interview

Most of the people have trouble communicating in formal situations where their personalities and abilities are what will be getting them their future jobs.
Frequently what gives them away is not the vocabulary used, but their body language.

Many start wrong in the very beginning. How? Well, they stand up with their heads looking towards the floor and walk dragging their feet. This is just telling them that they aren’t self-assured and that maybe they are tired or not motivated enough. So if this is your case, stand up looking forward and set your eyes straight into the interviewer’s and keep them there all of the time when talking to them.
A very relevant part of the interview is when you shake hands, it’s the one time when you’ll have physical contact with the interviewer, make sure you are making eye contact and then grab their hand gently and firmly for about 4-5 seconds or as long as it takes you both to introduce yourself. For a PHR this is one of the most important parts of the interview, so be really careful with it. This can be hard if you don’t have much confidence or the interviewer looks mean or scary, but it will tell a lot about you; you can practice this stage with a friend, parent or even a teacher if you’re studying. Ask them to act as if they were an interviewer and you the applicant, tell them to ask you questions and answer back always looking straight into their eyes, but don’t do it a couple of times, do it until you feel tired of practicing, until you’ve handled it so well you actually feel like you can pull off any interview successfully.

Succeed or Fail: Signals in a job interview It’s true that is important to be self-assured and determined in a job interview, but … doesn’t assure a job position

After this will come the actual interview so be very careful how you move your body.
When the interviewer is talking to you don’t look down, this suggests that you’re not interested at all of what they are saying, keep your head directed in the interviewer’s and nod whenever you feel like they’ve said something important or that you agree.
Keep your hands open, don’t play with your fingers or legs, and don’t balance on your chair, if you do this you’ll show that you’re calm and that you’re focusing.

It’s really important that when the interviewer asks deep questions you keep eye contact, avoid excessive blinking or looking sideways, this is really important because eyes often show how honest a person is, and you don’t want the interviewer thinking you’re lying or thinking things too much. If the question is too tricky or you get too nervous, don’t chew your nails or play with your hair, this indicates that there’s anxiety in the applicant, and you might become more stressed.

If you’re in a focus group, keep your concentration on the person you’re talking to and make eye contact with the other candidates every once in a while.

These are things that can be hard to achieve fast. So practice all you can, in your room, taping yourself, checking where you fail and making things right. Trust yourself and believe that you can do whatever you need.

Don’t ever think that you’re not good enough to give an interview. An interviewer is looking for special features in a person, something that makes the difference. It’s true that is important to be self-assured and determined in a job interview, but talking too much or having too much confidence doesn’t assure a job position for anyone.
If you have the abilities needed for the job, you never have to feel less worthy than the other applicants.
You can overcome confidence issues, the fear can be left behind, and you as a person and worker must know that you’re unique and valuable and therefore a job interview is just another step to be given.
Stay positive, if you don’t get the job, keep going forward and learn from your experiences, everything can be used to gain strength and become better in whatever it is that you’re failing.

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