<p><span class="xn-location">TORONTO</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 28</span> /CNW/ -- Job seekers with shifty eyes, reluctant smiles or slumped shoulders in an interview may be hurting their chances of landing a job. A new CareerBuilder <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> survey of more than 200 hiring managers reveals that failure to make eye contact (68 per cent), lack of smile (45 per cent) and bad posture (37 per cent) would make them less likely to hire someone. The CareerBuilder <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> survey was conducted between <span class="xn-chron">May 18</span> and <span class="xn-chron">June 3, 2010</span>.</p>
<p>When asked overall what additional body language mistakes would make them less likely to hire job candidates, hiring managers reported the following:</p>
-- Crossing arms over their chest - 33 per cent
-- Fidgeting too much in their seat - 34 per cent
-- Handshake that is too weak - 33 per cent
-- Playing with something on the table - 32 per cent
-- Playing with hair or touching their face - 21 per cent
<p>"In a highly competitive job market, job seekers need to set themselves apart in the interview stage," said <span class="xn-person">Rosemary Haefner</span>, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "All that pressure, though, may have some job seekers making body language mistakes that don't convey a confident message. To avoid these faux pas, and ensure you're remembered for the right reasons, try practicing ahead of time in front of a mirror or family and friends."</p>
<p>Haefner offers the following tips to avoid body language missteps during an interview:</p>
-- Keep calm - To make the best impression and avoid nervous body
language, take measures to stay as calm as possible before the
interview. Leave the house with plenty of time to get to the
avoid caffeine if possible and take deep, calming breaths.
-- Practice makes perfect - The old adage proves true in this case, as
you'll feel more comfortable the more you prepare for the interview,
and in turn, it will help decrease your anxiety. Rehearse ahead of
with friends or family, do your homework on the company and be
for common interview questions.
-- See for yourself: Viewing yourself while speaking can help you notice
what body language mistakes you might be making without realizing.
in a mirror while practicing interview responses or videotape yourself
to figure out your typical physical movements, and whether or not you
need to change them.
<p>This survey was conducted online within <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 228 Canadian hiring managers (employed full-time; not self-employed; non government); ages 18 and over between <span class="xn-chron">May 18</span> and <span class="xn-chron">June 3, 2010</span> (percentages for some questions are based on a subset of Canadian Employees, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 228 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 6.49 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.</p>
<p>CareerBuilder.ca is a leading job site in <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), the Tribune Company, The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), CareerBuilder.ca powers the career centers for more than 250 Canadian partners that reach national, local, industry and niche audiences. These include leading portals such as MSN.ca and Macleans.ca. Job seekers visit CareerBuilder.ca every month to search for opportunities by industry, location, company and job type, sign up for automatic e-mail job alerts, and get advice on job hunting and career management. For more information about CareerBuilder.ca products and services, visit <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.ca">http://www.careerbuilder.ca</a>.</p>
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