Using feedback to improve your interview skills

We depend on supportive feedback, from parents, partners, friends, teachers and colleagues, to improve ourselves and our ability to connect with others. When we lack feedback, we navigate in the dark. Yet a lack of interview feedback is very much the norm. What little feedback there is creates false beliefs that hamper interview success and career advancement.

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Three myths about acing job interviews

Myth: My success in interviews is all about what I say in response to questions.

Reality: An interview is about what you do.

A very common misconception is that what you say is the most important contributor to your success in interviews. In fact, an interview is typically more about what you do than about what you say. Your body language and other aspects of your nonverbal communication are more important than your verbal statements and can fatally undermine your presentation if you’re not careful.

Imagine, for example, the impression you would create if you described your calmness under pressure while fidgeting nervously, or if you described your attention to detail while wearing wrinkled clothes and scuffed shoes. Your nonverbal communication would weaken your verbal statements by giving the interviewer mixed messages. To ace an interview, always make sure that your verbal statements and nonverbal communication reinforce each other.

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