10 Executive Job Interview Body Language Mistakes

by Meg Guiseppi on September 4, 2012


You did all the back-end work.

You defined and differentiated your personal brand and unique value proposition to your target employers, written brand-supporting career marketing materials (resume, biography, LinkedIn profile, etc), built an online presence for social proof, and researched and prepared for interviewing.

And it’s paying off!

You’re getting interviews with your target employers.

Along with practicing your answers for expected questions and knowing what questions you should ask, are you preparing to convey the right body language?

In her Forbes article, “Interview Body Language Mistakes That Can Cost You The Job“, Jacquelyn Smith cautions that thousands of non-verbal cues job seekers do without thinking, can sabotage their chances to land the job.

She offers 10 body language faux pas (in pictures) to remind yourself to avoid, as you enter the interview:

  • Weak handshake.
  • Invading personal space.
  • Crossing your arms.
  • Playing with your hair.
  • Bad posture.
  • Lack of eye contact.
  • Looking like you’re not interested.
  • Not smiling.
  • Fidgeting.
  • Hiding your hands.

Related posts:

What NOT To Do in a Senior-level Executive Job Interview

How to be a LOSER in Executive Job Interviews

The Three Most Critical Executive Job Interview Questions

photo by Amber de Bruin

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