Body Language Training

Body Language Training for Interviews

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What are some key actions to steer clear of in a job interview?

Fidgeting, adjusting clothing due to nerves, distracted glancing, folded arms, outward lean backwards, rocking on chair, over talking or overcompensating with any specific body language.
What are some positive actions we can do?
Wait until asked to take a seat, mirror the handshake or greeting to build rapport, move slower to show the right level of confidence as nerves will naturally make you increase movement. Look the interviewer in eyes roughly the same gaze time they look at you. Inward learn will show you are interested.

When meeting a potential employer, what’s the best way to execute it?
Good Eye contact, mirror the welcome “Good Morning, Hello etc.” with a similar handshake or greeting to match. A strong confident stance without your hands in your pockets, but suggested to have them at your side. To show a humble or submissive attitude you could clasp your hands at your front. Natural body language with slower movements will also help you display confidence.

Is there any way we can tell if they like me/not keen on me?
If the interviewer is mirroring your body language, e.g. smiling eye contact. This may mean you may have built rapport with your interviewer. Inward lean may indicate they are also interested. Again the opposite of these and other negative signals or arm barriers may indicate they are not interested.

What are some things to think about when it comes to eye contact/standing/sitting?
Many people wonder how long should they look into someone’s else before looking away. If you are trying to help both yourself and the other person comfortable the best timeframe is mirrored. Try and bring in the timeframe of the other person. In many cultures it is rude not to look a person in the eye and in other cultures it can be offensive to look to much depending on the subject discussed. To be less likely of offending, mirroring is the best solution.

When standing it is recommended to lean inward to show interest or to lean backwards when non active or not interested. Point your feet toward the subject or person of interest, leaving your feet open. Closed feet normally indicated a more serious or one on one personal conversation.

When seated, it can be quite easy to lay back in your chair. Remember your surroundings and be alert of your posture. Your environment around you can influence you in appearing lazy or disinterested. Adjust your seat to have eye contact with the person you are speaking with, as you may appear to be looking down or looking up to them. Be aware of your body language if seated for a long period of time.

Body Language Training for Relationships

– What are some telltale signs your date is interested in you?
Positive Mirroring (replicating naturally) is a way of displaying a connection or a bond. If the other person is reciprocal in the body language it can mean the other person gets along with you. More specific signals can be close proximity, touching, longer eye gazes, extended smiling, eye brow signals, inward leaning and feet pointed towards you. Even though some signals may be based on surrounding environment, several of these signals in clusters may indicate your date is into you.

– What are some examples that show he’s not interested?
Leaning away, low eye contact, grinning rather than smiling, distracted gazes, folded arms or creating barriers with objects, less natural laughing, less touch, feet pointed away and other negative signals.

– What flirting techniques do people use?
Smiling and touching will increase connectivity. Many people will gaze for longer, and groom or preen their clothing/hair as an indicator. However, this is often misread also. Men may show more of a confident/power position signal (take up more room, display leg spread eg cowboy stance). Women may show submissive flirting techniques such as the Head down eyes up look, or place their face on their hands when seated displaying their face on a platter (Outer hand under chin).

– Are there certain signs to look out for that could determine what they’re thinking?
Eye direction may assist you to determine the truthfulness and method used to acquire the responses. Sometimes the other person may not even respond verbally, however their eye direction and other signals may provide insight. There are many signs available that could be used to determine another person’s attitude or response. Leaning forward for example may demonstrate interest, leaning backwards can demonstrate a less active and contributing attitude.

– How can we make someone feel comfortable through body language when first meeting them?  The best way is to be as natural as possible. People can pick up if body language is too acted or fake. If possible it is recommended to bring in as much body language and communication similarities when building rapport. Mirroring is used to make people feel at ease and build similar connections. Without acting, if you are able to bring in some of the other person’s communication and Body Language similarities into your own, you will help build the connection and find the relationship being bridged together.

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