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Andrea’s hands are closed, her fingers fidgeting. Hunter said that’s a no-no. Andrea’s hands are closed, her fingers fidgeting. Hunter said that’s a no-no.
Andrea also bounces her leg, another tell-tale sign of nerves an interviewee should avoid. Andrea also bounces her leg, another tell-tale sign of nerves an interviewee should avoid.
Overall, Hunter said Jason did pretty well, but needs to avoid fidgeting. Overall, Hunter said Jason did pretty well, but needs to avoid fidgeting.
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When preparing for a job interview, you know you need to dress the part, prepare and practice answering questions.

But sometimes what you're not saying could cost you the job.

We asked Southeast Missouri State University Career Services Pro Joyce Hunter to analyze the body language of two mock job interviews.

The first is Andrea, a job interviewer who’s intentionally playing out subtle ticks she sees everyday in job candidates. Andrea’s hands are closed, her fingers fidgeting. Hunter said that’s a no-no.

“She’s giving me some signals with her body that she’s very closed, not very engaged and making a lot with her hair,” Hunter said. “Women have a tendency to touch their hair, that’s a distraction.”

Andrea also bounces her leg, another tell-tale sign of nerves an interviewee should avoid.

“Now she’s really bouncing,” she said. “Oh, and she took out her cell phone. In the middle of a n interview she looked at her cell phone. Cell phones do not belong in an interview.”

Needless to say, if Andrea were really trying for a job, her resume would likely end up at the bottom of the pile.

Our next interview walked in off the street. Jason Vaughn wasn’t expecting a job interview, let alone a TV camera, so don’t judge the jeans. Generally, they’re a big no-no for job seekers, but we’re looking purely at body language here.

“I’m not sure about the hand shake,” Hunter said. “It’s sometimes hard for a man to know to give a firm handshake to a lady. He’s rubbing his hands on his lap.”

Jason also leans toward the door, which Hunter said is something you should avoid.

“He seems to have good eye contact and a smile,” she said. “ Seems a little more comfortable, his hand gestures are open.”

Overall, Hunter said Jason did pretty well, but needs to avoid fidgeting. At one point he twisted his wedding ring. Hunter said playing with jewelry is a common thing men and women both do under pressure, but for Jason it’s probably not a deal breaker.

“What I liked about him is he had great eye contact,” she said. “He seemed to relax as the interview progressed. He smiled and was engaged. So, depending on the circumstances, I’d probably give him a second look.”

In your next interview keep in mind, you may be prepared, but if your body language isn’t in check, you might walk out without a job.

Hunter said employers often make decisions about job seekers within 30 seconds of meeting them, or even before they shake hands. In addition to body language, you should be sure you're appearance is looking neat, tidy and well-dressed.

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