In today’s job market, confidence is key. It can make a big difference in the way you’re perceived by employers, and give you the edge over your competition. And it makes a difference even after you’ve landed the job and are working to keep it, excel and advance in the organization.
This week’s 5 for Friday provides you with articles to help you learn how to show confidence at work and it job interviews.
- Interview Body Language Gaffes That Can Cost You The Job. Forbes: “You’ve sent in your perfectly manicured résumé and flawless cover letter. You’ve researched the company and gave brilliant responses to tough interview questions. You may be the most qualified candidate—but forget to smile, slouch in your chair or fail to make eye contact during the interview, and you could be out of the running.”
- Mastering the Art of Conveying Confidence. The Wall Street Journal: “Most people work hard pulling down degrees and polishing resumes in hopes of impressing hiring managers. But many neglect to master one of the most important hot buttons for employers – body language. People rely on nonverbal cues such as posture and eye contact to evaluate others very quickly after an initial meeting, forming a first impression within 15 to 20 seconds, says Noah Zandan, president of Quantified Impressions, an Austin, Texas, communications-analytics firm.”
- Why Americans Fear the Job Interview. U-T San Diego: “A survey of 1,002 employed Americans released Tuesday by Harris Interactive and Everest University aims to delve into the issue of anxiety in a job interview. For starters, 92 percent of respondents said at least one thing stresses them in job interviews.”
- 7 Ways to Use Body Language to Earn Others’ Trust. Business to Community: “At the core of every type of business transaction is trust. You have to be perceived as trustworthy to a prospective employer to get hired. You need to inspire trust if you want a customer to buy from you. To get others to listen to your great business idea, they have to feel that you’ve got their back.”
- 6 Traits The Most Successful People Have In Common. Business Insider: “Stanford MBA school professor Jeffrey Pfeffer looked at the research on success and power along with studying the lives of such high achievers as LBJ and Robert Moses. He identified six traits that were keys to success.”