Magazine article Public Finance

Body of Learning

Magazine article Public Finance

Body of Learning

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People's impressions of us are based not only on what we say, but also on our 'body language' - the way we look, what we wear and how we act. At job interviews these non-verbal signals can have as much impact as the words we use.

The use of panel interviews for most roles in public sector organisations means that while one panellist does the talking, the others scrutinise your every move, so you need to be especially aware of your own body language in these situations. However, you can use body language to your advantage by matching the interviewers' posture to build rapport or by leaning forward to signal enthusiasm.

Some gestures might be interpreted negatively. Touching your face, for example, demonstrates anxiety - understandable in an interview, but a feeling you might rather keep to yourself. And people who have been less than truthful on their CVs will give themselves away if they fidget with their hands or keep twisting in their chair.

Don't forget that all of this works both ways and reading interviewers'body language can help you gauge their reactions and adjust your responses accordingly. …

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