Body Language During Different Professional Interactions

Body Language During Different Professional Interactions

Body Language

 

There is a diverse set of body language gestures that are observed. Some of the desirable and undesirable gestures during different professional settings.

During Interview (For a Candidate)

DO’s

  • Remember to nod on entering the room
  • Politely look at the interview panel
  • Sit only when the interviewer signals
  • Sit with a straight posture with arms resting on the legs
  • Ensure a direct eye contact
  • Respond with conviction

DONT’s

  • Entering the room hesitantly
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Distracting mannerism such as scratching head, shaking leg etc
  • Elbows and arms on the table
  • Folded arms
  • Chin down or raised
  • Slouching posture

During a Discussion (For a Manager)

DO’s

  • Professional Attire
  • Showing interest and attention
  • Respectful posture towards employee
  • Eye contact with the employee
  • Showing listening intent
  • Talking as well as listening to the employee

DONT’s

  • Casual attire
  • Distracted expression
  • No eye contact with the employee
  • Talking more than listening
  • Interrupting employee often
  • Receiving or attending phone calls
  • Entertaining external interruptions

During Presentation

DO’s

  • Ensuring eye contact with audience
  • Effective use of hand gestures and animations
  • Makig a visible appearance on the stage
  • Head held high, confident and straight posture

DONT’s

  • Folded hands
  • Looking at only one section of the audience
  • Standing still on the stage with no hand gestures or expressions
  • Avoiding connection with the audience
  • Head down and nervous behavior

During a Group Discussion 

DO’s

  • Ensuring eye contact withgroup members
  • Apeearing interested in others comments
  • Using commanding voice and effective content
  • Seeking views of the group members by using hand gestures
  • Proper attire as per the set up

DONT’s

  • Not much eye contact with every member of the group
  • Not showing interest when others speak
  • Digressing from the point
  • Avoiding connection with the audience
  • Head down and nervous behavior

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