What To Do At Your Job Interview

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What To Do At Your Job Interview – Find Jobs in Tulsa Oklahoma

Maintain eye contact.  It is important in our culture to look at the person to whom you are speaking approximately 80% of the time.  Americans place a high value on eye contact and generally interpret it as a gesture of trust and confidence.  During an interview, make eye contact when you are talking – particularly when you are making an important point – as well as when you are listening.  Nodding is another gesture of agreement when listening to the interviewer speak.   It is a good complement to have good eye contact and to nod positively.

  • Before your interview, practice your body language with someone you know, and with whom you feel comfortable.  Analyze your strengths and weaknesses, and determine what you can do to improve.  You may need to brush up on these points for your tulsa job search, but they will be tools you will need throughout your career.
  • Above all, remember that your positive attitude is key and that positive non-verbal behavior naturally results from that kind of attitude.  Your verbal and non-verbal communication will be congruent and your message received as you intend it.  When you are bitter and have a negative viewpoint on your situation, the interviewer can notice these internal thoughts because a natural frown can come across your face communicating your attitude to the interviewer.
Applicant’s Body Language Typical Interpretation
Avoiding Eye Contact Evasive, Indifferent, Insecure, Passive, Nervous
Scratching the Head Bewildered
Biting the lip Nervous, fearful, anxious
Tapping Feet Nervous
Folding Arms Angry, Disagreeing, Defensive
Raising Eyebrows Disbelieving, Surprised
Flaring Nostrils Frustrated
Narrowing Eyes Resentful, Angry
Wringing Hands Anxious, Nervous
Shifting in Seat Restless, Bored, Apprehensive

Avoiding the big salary question

At any part of the job search process, you can expect to be asked about your salary history.  They may want to know the salary you left your last job with or what your salary expectations are.  Either way, you want to try to avoid this discussion if possible, since it robs you of future negotiation.

  • Naming a specific salary may create any of the following reactions
  • • The figure may seem too high and they do not yet see why you are worth that much
  • • The figure seems too low and they feel that you are not qualified for their ideal person
  • • The number is in their range, but your bargaining position has already been made, so it keeps you from having the upper hand in the negotiation process
  • Listed below are helpful hints that can help you handle this salary dilemma

Some ads you will come across will ask that you state your salary requirements or history.  This is an attempt to screen out applicants who are either too high, or too low.  Your salary history is not relevant to the position for which you are applying.  The position responsibilities may be higher or lower than other jobs you have had, or the company may be one that pays more, or less, for the position.  So, it is important that you handle this appropriately.

If the company asks you directly for your previous or current salary, it is your choice as to whether to release it or not.  But, you need to base your decision on whether it will hurt or help you to reveal it to them.  If you are put on the spot and it will make you look bad if you do not answer their question with a direct answer, I would recommend one of the following ways to handle the situation.

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