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Applicant's body language could impact job interview


As unemployment in Tennessee hovers around 8%, any edge could be the difference between a steady paycheck and an unemployment check.

Besides looking the part when going for a job interview, experts say what a job seeker does with their hands, eyes and body could be just as important as what comes out of their mouth.

"When you're talking to someone in a job interview or making a presentation, how you say something can be as important as what you say," explained Communications Consultant Mimi Bliss.

Bliss continued, "People are listening, they're watching, they're looking for cues to try to figure out what kind of person you are and the confidence you project is very important."

Denise Cox is currently searching for a job in fundraising.

"People do not give money to organizations, they give money to people," Cox said.

Bliss spent time with Cox on Thursday to provide her with tips to improve her interview techniques.

"You need to lean in, shoulders back [and] use your hands. Be animated," Bliss advised.

At first, Cox appeared nervous while meeting with Bliss, however she quickly relaxed when asked about her portfolio.

"You were more animated because you were talking about working with children and why you like working with children, so your hands came up a little more and you looked more confident and more engaging," Bliss noted.

Bliss added that it is also important for job applicants to make eye contact and not to shift their weight or fidget with items such as pens or notes.

"You don't want to stare someone down. You don't want to look into them, but you want to make eye contact because when you look away it looks like you lack confidence," she explained.  

Bliss said her best word of advice to those seeking a new is to be prepared and to practice.

"When you practice out loud want to come through it a few times you're more comfortable, confident and you project better," she said.

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