Education Career Services

May 19, 2009

Do the Hands and Eyes Have IT?

I have been out of service for the past few weeks and apologize for any inconvenience.  I am preparing for the EACE convention coming up in a June and so much work is involved.

For those who recall (if not, review several of the most recent posts), we were discussing nonverbal communication and we might as well get right into it by reviewing two issues, one dealing with the hands and the other with the eyes. 

Hands down

Nervous hand habits, like nail biting, hair twirling, and hand twitching can distract the interviewer and convey insecurity.  You can sit with your hands clasped together or hold onto a small organizer throughout the interview.  Avoid steepling your fingers in an upright position when answering a question.  This may be perceived as arrogant. 

The eyes have it

We have all heard that eye contact is important, it conveys confidence and respect, but too much can be just as bad as not enough.  You don’t want to make eye contact for more than three to five seconds; it’s too intense to sustain the whole time.  Avoiding eye contact, especially when answering questions, can convey dishonesty.

Glad to be here and look forward to answering questions as well as getting back into the pool!  Give me a shout and let me know what you’ve been up as of late.

Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP

dhuffman@careersi.com

Education Career Services: http://www.educationcs.com

Career Services International: www.careersi.com

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