Unconscious messages

October 16, 2018 | Job Interview | Nathalie Burg

What your gestures during the job interview reveal about you

No matter how well you prepare yourself for the upcoming job interview, you have little influence on one thing: your unintentional gestures. Most people don‘t even notice their nervous tics.

Brushing back a strand of hair, adjusting your glasses – nervousness has many faces. Just a bummer that it only manifests during the interview. You absolutely do not have to be feel embarrassed about having the jitters before such an important conversation. It is important to be honest with yourself and your counterpart, because what matters is authenticity.

If someone describes himself as open and self-confident and assumes a very closed, defensive attitude – such as raised shoulders or folded arms – this shows a contradiction and is usually a sign that they are not completely honest in what they are saying. But how do you best handle the expressive dance of the subconscious mind?

The easiest way is to address the problem openly and admit your own nervousness to the other person. For many people, a job interview is a stressful situation that is not commonplace, and recruiters also know that. So if you handle your own insecurity with humour, you will be much better off with the future employer than someone who tries in vain to overplay the situation.

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