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body language during job interviews

        Gestures and body movements are unconscious forms of expressions and therefore they have a language of their own. We are unaware of our gestures and body movements most of the time, but other people can notice our gestures and movements if they pay attention to and know what they mean.
        Note that body language applies not only to the interviewer but also to the interviewee. In addition, note that these gestures may happen throughout the conversation and they change as the conversation progresses.
        The objective of paying attention to nonverbal communication is to help you change the direction of the conversation. If the person is showing negative gestures, then you need to change the subject by asking a new question or talking about something else.
        So, during a job interview, you can watch for the following gestures:
Crossed arms - means that the person is in a defensive and reserved mood.
Crossed arms and legs - means that the person feels very reserved and suspicious.
Open arms and hands - means that the person is open and receptive.
Standing before you with his hands inside the pockets - means he is not sure or feels suspicious.
Standing before you with his hands on his hips - means he is receptive and ready to help you out.
Sitting in a chair shaking one of the legs - means he feels nervous and uncomfortable.
If his eyes are downcast and face turned away - means he is not interested in what you are saying.
With the palm of the hand holding or stroking his chin - means he is in an evaluating position and being critical.
Leaning back in his chair with both hands clasped behind his head - means he is in an analytical mood, but it is also a gesture of superiority.
Rubbing or touching his nose when answering a question - means he is not telling the complete truth.
If he maintains good eye contact and he smiles in a relaxed and happy way - means he is definitely receptive to you.
Rubbing the back of his head or rubbing or touching the back of his neck - means the conversation is not really interesting.
If he moves his body and sits with his feet and body pointing towards a door - means he wants to end the conservation and leave the room.





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