Nonverbal communication tips for landing a job

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Students at Horry Georgetown Technical College are doing mock interviews to get them ready for the real world.

They are learning about body language, as well as what to say, when it comes to finding a job.

Job trainers said when a person walks through the door for an interview he or she has about seven seconds to make a good first impression.

April Garner at Horry Georgetown Technical College said non-verbal skills are essential in getting a job.

She said, "Eye contact is very important.  Eye contact can convey whether or not you are sincere or honest about a particular answer."

Garner explained what you do with your hands can tell an employer a lot about a person.

"Do not cross your arms. Crossing your arms can convey that you unapproachable. Twisting of the hair conveys nervousness. "

She said using small gestures is okay, but just don't overdo it.

"People talk with their hands and their arms and they are waving them around like they are bringing in airplanes," commented Garner.

Before you even open your mouth an employer can judge on looks alone.

So dress for success, give a firm handshake and get to your interview early so you can have time to calm any nerves.

Also, a person trying to get a job can try breathing techniques before your interview.

This helps a person relax and  lower your blood pressure.

Garner said people don't realize how controlling your breathing also stops you from blushing or appearing nervous.

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