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Body language and other soft skills during interviews

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 8:58 am
by John Fetzer
Todd,

Casual means many things. As you point out, it is not the formal sound of a newscaster. It also is not the flat tones of an overly practiced and memorized spiel. Talk in a normal tone, with inflections and cadence like you do in talking to others. If you have ever explained anything about yourself or your work to a family member or friend, then you have probably done this style of speaking.

Be a little animated. That shows enthusiasm (which a lot of people in the interview situation think needs to be done by loudness, but the emotion you want to send is a happiness in the wotk). Do not be afraid to yse your hands and facial expressions to add to your story (it is a story you are telling!).

The others are correct in that some practice helps, partly to get you used to the question and answer format, but also to get you comfortable in meeting people, wearing a suit for a whole day, etc. They can also point out things that you do that work well or do not, such as fidgeting or other nervous habits you do not notice. In speaking those can including using the same word over and over in descriptions or, my personal bad tic, saying Uhh a lot in pauses.

John

Body language and other soft skills during interviews

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 10:26 am
by P.C.
If your not up to video of the practice sessions, you can more easily record the audio. This is what I did for preparations for job searches. And it is something a did for preparations of scientific talks. The priciple is to lay out scripts and scenarios. By practicing the likely questions, preparing scripts and repeating these over and over, your presentation becomes smoother, and more appealing. Sort of what Ronald Regan used to do, even with his diminishing brain cells at the end of his term.