6 Common Body Language Mistakes That Can Cost You A Job

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
By Tanya Kertsman

Sometimes, it's the little things that sabotage your chance at a new career. Here's how to prevent body language from losing you a job offer.

Everyone has physical habits they rarely notice. In an interview setting, these nervous ticks offer a physical outlet for the stress you’re under. But they come at a price. Rather than focusing on what you’re saying or the experience you’d bring, the hiring manager’s attention turns to your nail-biting or hair-twirling. The scariest part? You may not even realize you’re doing it.

Poor body language can send messages that you’re incapable, nervous, or unhappy — all adjectives you don’t want an interviewer associating with you. An interviewer may forgive you for a subpar answer on the fifth question you’re asked, but if your body language offers physical evidence you don’t work well under pressure or you’re not confident in your abilities? It’s going to be hard to come back.

Don’t undermine how qualified you are with poor habits. Practice avoiding these common moves before they cost you your next job.

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