Career Management

You can tell a lot about a person from the way they hold themselves and body language can give away a lot about what you are thinking or feeling.

In professional situations such as job interviews and client meetings, it’s important for you to present yourself in the most positive way possible and you want to come across as confident and approachable.

In order to achieve this, pay attention to the body language that you use, as there a lot of common mistakes that people make that can result in you coming across as uninterested, nervous or bored. Here are some of the most common body language errors to watch out for.

1) Avoiding eye contact

You want to appear confident and self assured so try to maintain eye contact throughout conversations.

2) Bad posture

Slouching can give off the impression of disinterest, so sit up straight and give your interviewer your full attention.

3) Fidgeting

Fidgeting or fiddling is often a nervous reflex, however it can make you appear uncomfortable or be interpreted as boredom.

4) A weak handshake

A weak handshake can indicate a lack of confidence, so try to greet people with a firm and assertive hand shake.

5) Checking the time

This will give the impression of boredom and that you would rather be somewhere else. If someone has taken the time out of their day to meet you, respect that and do the same for them.

6) Frowning

You may not necessarily mean to frown, however it will communicate that you are unhappy in the situation.

7) Crossing your arms

Crossing your arms can appear defensive or stand-offish, so keep your body language open and welcoming.

8) Invading personal space

Its good to appear interested in the other person, but try not to get too close as it could make them feel uncomfortable. Respect personal space.

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