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Let your body language do the talking for you

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Your body language is a double-edged weapon. It can betray you or, when it is well used, it can make an excellent first impression of you. So take a look to these strategies to improve your interview skills.

Practice good nonverbal communication

Controlling your body language can be hard as you are not aware of it, however, a firm handshake and a moderated eye contact can demonstrate that you are confident of yourself even when you are nervous.  

Dress for the job or company

It is important to know what to wear to an interview because interviewers always pay attention to your clothes. Of course, you have to take into account the kind of company and the position you are seeking so you have to do some research to find out about their dress code before the interview. 

Listen and don't talk too much

You have to pay attention to every detail and each piece of information given by your interviewer, you don’t want to miss anything. Additionally, when you answer a question, you shouldn’t talk too much and try not to say more than the interviewer needs to know because the more you talk the more mistakes you can make. Try to prepare your answers with anticipation. 
Use appropriate language

You can adapt your register or level of familiarity to the interviewer’s. Also, you need to pay attention to your lexicon, try not to use slang and try to avoid topics like race, religion or politics unless the examiner asks you something about it. 
  
Ask questions

By asking questions you can demonstrate an interest in what goes on in the company and you can find out if it is the right place for you.
Don’t forget to do some research about the company, as knowing a thing or two about your potential employer will assist you in the interview, and find out what is the best clothing for your interview because some places take a more relaxed attitude to attire but some doesn’t. Try to prepare your answers, look confident and remember that all is not lost if something goes wrong.

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