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Make a BIG impression at your interview!

April 29, 2008
Interviews are a nerve-wracking experience for most. Being quizzed about one's capabilities in a new environment by someone you don't know can make even the most confident candidate get a little weak in the knees.

Apart from what you say, what makes a big impression on most interviewers is the way you say it, or the way you carry yourself -- whether you can overcome your nerves enough to project a confident, personable individual.

Tackling just these issues is the Body Language book by Carolyn Boyes, part of the need to know? series published by HarperCollins. Here's an excerpt:

An interview is, in effect, a sales meeting in which you are selling the product -- 'you' -- to a purchaser -- 'the interviewer'. Creating the right kind of chemistry with the interviewer through body language could clinch the interview for you.

In an interview, the recruiter will generally see more than one candidate with similar qualifications, knowledge and skills. 'Chemistry' or 'fit' between the interviewee and interviewer can be the winning factor. You can learn to create chemistry by being aware of your body language.

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