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Add More Stars To Your Job Interview With A Firm Eye-Contact!

William Frierson AvatarWilliam Frierson
September 24, 2014

Smiling businesswoman at job interview in office

Smiling businesswoman at job interview in office. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

We have always heard our elders telling us about those people who do not look in your eye when they lie. As much as it is not always the case but maintaining an eye-contact during a job interview is very important. Surely it is one of the most stressful times for any individual, but looking in the eyes of the recruiter has never yield bad results. Employers know exactly what goes in the minds of candidates when they look around in the room, stare down at the shoes or floor or adjust their watches and rings. They would instantly know that you are either feeling uneasy or being dishonest with them.

How Does Eye-Contact Help You in Your Job Interview

  • It shows a lot about your character

Your eyes tell a lot about you to the other person and when that other person is an employer, you need to make the most out of your interview time.  Maintaining a good eye-contact during an interview shows that you have a clear heart and you have got nothing to hide. You may think the employer is just looking at you but he actually judges you by the movement of your eyes. As a matter of fact, every recruiter has the ability of understanding your body language and they judge you on the basis of how you behave, sit, act and speak in an interview.

  • It assures that you are trustworthy

Looking away and not maintaining an eye-contact during an interview is often because of the fact that an individual is constructing a sentence or recalling information to answer the employer. But, we live in a society where we are taught not to trust anyone who does not look into your eyes while answering any question.  This makes an eye-contact all the more important. Even if you break your eye-contact in the middle of an interview, try to look back at your employer at intervals and assess how your answers are being perceived by him or her.

  • It shows your confidence level

Not everyone has the guts to even appear in an interview. People start feeling nervous and a lot of individuals even suffer from great anxiety. When you sit there for an interview, maintaining eye-contact almost becomes compulsory. A good eye-contact shows that you are confident enough to sit there and promptly answer all the questions by the employer.

  • It shows your dedication and interest towards the job

Looking outside the window at the beautiful weather? Checking out the beautiful table lamp on the table during your interview? These acts show nothing but your lack of interest in the interview and what the recruiter is talking about. Keep in mind that they need you as much as you need the job position.  You have to show your interest in order to show how much you wish to get the job, and what better way to show your focus and attention in the interview than to maintain a strong eye-contact.

Simple Tips To Maintain A Good Eye-Contact

As easy as it may sound for some people, several individuals find it a bit tough to maintain eye-contact especially during an interview. Here are a few simple tips to practice:

  • Make a habit of maintaining an eye-contact with other people if you go for long walks in the park.
  • Practice it with the people that you are most comfortable with, like your friends and family members.
  • If more than one recruiter asks you questions during an interview, try to reply them individually with a good eye-contact.
  • There is a difference between stare and a firm eye-contact; learn to differentiate between both. A firm eye-contact can make a good impression as opposed to a rude gaze.

About Author:

Alice Scarlet is an avid writer, having core skills in technical and academic literatures. Her passion lead her to a prominent firm,  Assignment Market, as a team lead, where she supervises the quality of the products and services.

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