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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:19 am    Post subject: Job Interviews Reply with quote

This was posted on another website that I periodically visit that talks a lot about the religion of Islam. The person that runs that board (Dr. Shabbir Ahmed) is very interested in counter-racism and I have had several conversations with him on the subject. I think this information may be able to help the people who need help the most in using the aspect of counter-racism known as "body language" to head a conversation in the area of guaranteeing no person is mistreated and also guaranteeing the person who needs help the most get the most help.

You can find the article at BEACON Forum.

DEWAN wrote:
Postures and body movements are unconscious forms of expressions and therefore they have a language of their own. We are unaware of our gestures and body movements most of the time, but other people can notice our gestures and movements if they pay attention to and know what they mean.

An important thing to be noted here is that body language applies not only to the interviewer but also to the interviewee. Also, note that these gestures may happen throughout the conversation or a discussion and they change as the conversation progresses.

The objective of paying attention to nonverbal communication is to help you change the direction of the conversation. If the person is showing negative gestures, then you need to change the topic by asking a new question or talking about something else. In this issue of the Career Headlines, we provide you a comprehensive list of probable body gestures, which you can watch out for during a course of a job interview.

1.Crossed arms - means that the person is in a defensive and reserved mood.

2 .Crossed arms and legs - means that the person feels very reserved and suspicious.

3 .Open arms and hands - means that the person is open and receptive.

4 .Standing before you with hands inside the pockets - means he is not sure or feels suspicious.

5 .Standing before you with hands on hips - means he is receptive and ready to help you out.

6 .Sitting in a chair shaking one of the legs - means he feels nervous and uncomfortable.

7 .If the eyes are downcast and face turned away - means he is not interested in what you are saying.

8 .With the palm of the hand holding or supporting chin - means he is in an evaluating position and being critical.

9.Leaning back in chair with both hands clasped behind head - means he is in an analytical mood, but it is also a gesture of superiority.

10 .Rubbing or touching nose when asking a question - means he is not telling the complete truth.

11 .Rubbing or touching nose when answering a question - means he is not telling the complete truth.

12 .Rubbing the back of head or rubbing or touching the back of neck - means the conversation is not really interesting.

13 .If he moves his body and sits with his feet and body pointing towards a door - means he wants to end the conservation and leave the room.

Last but not the least do not underestimate the importance of your posture and subtle movements. Even if you are nervous try not to show it. Don't play with your jewelery, watch, clothes, bag, twirl your hair or cross your arms, and try to maintain an eye contact with the interviewer. If staring straight into recruiter's eye makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, try to look at the portion between the eyes instead- it looks like you're still making an eye contact, but might be less distracting. All the Best!

Thanks.............Sree

Knowing and understanding what is perceived by others of you when you say certain things and do certain things is of utmost importance. When interacting with a racist (white supremacist) just using counter-racist language is not enough...or justice following counter-racist logic is not enough. If you want others to know and understand that you mean business about what you are saying and/or doing you have to let them know and understand that you mean business about what you are saying and doing by saying and doing certain things. The above suggestions go under the DOING part of counter-racism.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:54 am    Post subject: Re: Job Interviews Reply with quote

Edward Williams wrote:
This was posted on another website that I periodically visit that talks a lot about the religion of Islam. The person that runs that board (Dr. Shabbir Ahmed) is very interested in counter-racism and I have had several conversations with him on the subject. I think this information may be able to help the people who need help the most in using the aspect of counter-racism known as "body language" to head a conversation in the area of guaranteeing no person is mistreated and also guaranteeing the person who needs help the most get the most help.

You can find the article at BEACON Forum.

DEWAN wrote:
Postures and body movements are unconscious forms of expressions and therefore they have a language of their own. We are unaware of our gestures and body movements most of the time, but other people can notice our gestures and movements if they pay attention to and know what they mean.

An important thing to be noted here is that body language applies not only to the interviewer but also to the interviewee. Also, note that these gestures may happen throughout the conversation or a discussion and they change as the conversation progresses.

The objective of paying attention to nonverbal communication is to help you change the direction of the conversation. If the person is showing negative gestures, then you need to change the topic by asking a new question or talking about something else. In this issue of the Career Headlines, we provide you a comprehensive list of probable body gestures, which you can watch out for during a course of a job interview.

1.Crossed arms - means that the person is in a defensive and reserved mood.

2 .Crossed arms and legs - means that the person feels very reserved and suspicious.

3 .Open arms and hands - means that the person is open and receptive.

4 .Standing before you with hands inside the pockets - means he is not sure or feels suspicious.

5 .Standing before you with hands on hips - means he is receptive and ready to help you out.

6 .Sitting in a chair shaking one of the legs - means he feels nervous and uncomfortable.

7 .If the eyes are downcast and face turned away - means he is not interested in what you are saying.

8 .With the palm of the hand holding or supporting chin - means he is in an evaluating position and being critical.

9.Leaning back in chair with both hands clasped behind head - means he is in an analytical mood, but it is also a gesture of superiority.

10 .Rubbing or touching nose when asking a question - means he is not telling the complete truth.

11 .Rubbing or touching nose when answering a question - means he is not telling the complete truth.

12 .Rubbing the back of head or rubbing or touching the back of neck - means the conversation is not really interesting.

13 .If he moves his body and sits with his feet and body pointing towards a door - means he wants to end the conservation and leave the room.

Last but not the least do not underestimate the importance of your posture and subtle movements. Even if you are nervous try not to show it. Don't play with your jewelery, watch, clothes, bag, twirl your hair or cross your arms, and try to maintain an eye contact with the interviewer. If staring straight into recruiter's eye makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, try to look at the portion between the eyes instead- it looks like you're still making an eye contact, but might be less distracting. All the Best!

Thanks.............Sree

Knowing and understanding what is perceived by others of you when you say certain things and do certain things is of utmost importance. When interacting with a racist (white supremacist) just using counter-racist language is not enough...or justice following counter-racist logic is not enough. If you want others to know and understand that you mean business about what you are saying and/or doing you have to let them know and understand that you mean business about what you are saying and doing by saying and doing certain things. The above suggestions go under the DOING part of counter-racism.



Good information. Good post. Thanks!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject: Re: Job Interviews Reply with quote

RecoveringAa wrote:
Very good information and which I could have used a few days ago!
While I am familiar with the importance of body language and recognize many aspects shared here, I am in a current state which did not allow me to be as focused as I would have liked to on Monday when I had an interview.

I'm looking forward to learning here and would only like to find a space here to share more of who I am and what help I need in my life right now. I'd like a place to share some of my current challenges with other non-white people as they are extremely painful and disheartening.
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