Let's face it: job interviews aren't exactly fun.
You're expected to arrive upbeat and positive, but the questions can be nervewracking. Not to mention that you're ultimately at the mercy of whoever sits on the other side of the desk. That's why Melissa enlisted the help of Lauren Ferraro. An expert on public speaking, she also teaches classes on body language and presentation. Needless to say, Ferraro has you covered the next time you're looking through the classifieds.
Without further ado, here's how to get hired without breaking a sweat:
The attire: Ferraro says the best way to know what to wear to a job interview is to visit the place beforehand. Use whatever the staff are wearing as a guide to what you should put on. But remember: always aim to go one notch above the norm. In other words, if you see men dressed in a shirt and tie, throw on a suit jacket.
The handshake: Avoid at all costs the dreaded "dead fish" handshake. To do that, Ferraro recommends creating an 'L' shape with your thumb and fingers. Then, as you reach for your potential employer's hand, make sure the webbing of skin that connects your thumb to your index finger aligns and fits into theirs. All you have to do then, is simply squeeze firmly.
Posture: Don't slouch. If your back is slumped into a C-curve, you're slouching. Instead, sit closer to the edge of the seat and make sure the crown of your head is aligned with the ceiling.
What not to say: Anything negative. Introducing negativity into a job interview will only hurt your chances. If your potential employer is asking why you want to leave your current job, for example, never say it's because you hate your boss. Instead, try something more along the lines of "I want to expand my skill set."
The exit: Before you leave, always make sure to ask lots of questions. While you don't want to look uninformed, you do want to look interested and eager to contribute. Try to keep questions limited to things involving your new potential role and how you would perform within it, rather than asking questions about the company that could be answered with a two-second Google search.
For more information on nailing your next interview, check out the video above.