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                                 Body language
Here are common body language cues to watch out for in an interview:
1.    A firm handshake

A recruiter's first impression of you is often formed when you shake hands.  A firm handshake will give the right impression. But not too firm - that can seem arrogant or too challenging.

2.    Arms folded across the chest
You may feel comfortable sitting that way, but studies show that the interviewer will read this as defensive.

3.    Leaning forward
This means you have an intense interest in what the interviewer is saying or vice versa.

4.   Head tilted to the side

A head held straight up signals a neutral attitude to what you're saying. A head tilted to the side means you've caught your interviewer's interest. A head down is negative and judgmental.

5.    Hands hovering around the face
No matter how nervous you are, try to avoid hand-to-face gestures such as touching your nose or rubbing your eye. This means you’re not entirely comfortable with the subject matter being discussed.  It's often a sign that you are not being completely honest about something.

Bring a hand to the back of the neck

This means that you are trying to pull out of the conversation.

Legs crossed

“Sitting with your legs crossed can make you look slightly lopsided, which can look unconfident,” says Susan Quilliam, author of Body Language Secrets. “Sit straight up in the chair, facing your interviewer directly. Crossed legs can also appear defensive.”

Picking imaginary pieces of fluff from clothing

This is one of the most common signals that the listener doesn't like what you're saying, even though they may be verbally agreeing with you

                         
 
Group Discussion

Group Discussion

 


Many companies conduct group discussion after the written test so as to check on your interactive skills and how good you are at communicating with other people. The GD is to check how you behave, participate and contibute in a group, how much importance do you give to the group objective as well as your own, how well do you listen to viewpoints of others and how open-minded are you in accepting views contrary to your own. The aspects which make up a GD are verbal communication, non-verbal behaviour, conformation to norms, decision-making ability and cooperation. You should try to be as true as possible to these aspects.

 

 

General Tips

  • A good level of general awareness will come in handy so that you aren't at a loss of words on certain issues.
  • Understand the topic and analyse it mentally before speaking.
  • Be clear about the purpose and content of your viewpoint.
  • One should be able to communicate his views in an effective manner to everyone. Be clear in speech, audible but not too loud and above all remain confident.
  • Remember the six C's of effective communication -- Clarity, Completeness, Conciseness, Confidence, Correctness and Courtesy.
  • You should mantain eye contact with all others in the group and not focus on a particular person for he may benefit from that.
  • Be responsive to ideas from other people and seem to be very receptive and open-minded but don't allow others to change your own viewpoint..
  • Starting the discussion is considered to be good however it isn't that important; what is important is that you speak for a period long enough for you to be able to communicate your viewpoint .
  • Always mantain your calm and never get aggresive. If you haven't been able to talk then one can cut in saying "Excuse me, but what I think is .........." or something of that sort.
  • Never lose your temper and never attack anyone on a personal front. Your attitude should be one of cooperation and not one of conflict.
  • Don't lose sight of the goal of the discussion.
  • Listen to any criticisms and give them a thought before trying to defend your views

 


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