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Interviewing Skills by Tim Hindle

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Reading Body Language

Learn to read people’s body language. It may convey as much about them as their words do. Body language is particularly useful to an interviewer – it is difficult for a candidate to be evasive or dishonest using body language because it is instinctive.

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Mirror body language to establish a good rapport.

Watching a candidate

Look at a candidate’s body language while he or she is speaking. Do the candidate’s words match what they are “saying” with their body? For example, is their posture hunched and defensive even as they are claiming they are “good with people”? In particular, observe the candidate’s eyes. Do they avert them unconsciously at times when you would expect to have eye contact?

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