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Subtle cues to help during job interviews

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(WFLX) - Skill sets and resumes are just part of getting a job; you also need to watch your body language. The wrong actions might betray you.

From the moment you walk in the door to how to sit, here are some subtle cues to help you land that job from body language expert Susan Constantine. "When you come through the door, don't turn your back to the person behind you. It's disrespectful, and you don't want to break contact."

So, instead, Constantine says, "Take your hand and reach it around and close the door behind you."

While you're at it, only carry in your resume. "When we carry so many things in our hands, we tend to look disorganized. So you want to come streamlined."

Don't be a chair chump. "When you sit back and relax, you tend to slump. Sit in the middle of the chair and slightly bent forward. That gives you a stronger, more vertical line, and gives you more projection."

Even the legs can't be overlooked, Susan says, men should keep them shoulder apart and flat on the ground and women should lean the legs to one side.

Now, about those hands. "This is our frame, and we don't want to go outside our frame. I've interviewed people where they move their hands this way, or they move them across their face. It makes them look flighty."

In fact, just hold your hands in your lap. "Unless, you're at a table; then, it's more important to put your hands out here. It shows openness and honesty. You're putting everything out front. You're not hiding anything under the table."

So where do you keep the eyes? Think of a triangle. "Look at the tip of the nose as a triangle going up towards the eyes, and don't go any further than that."

Susan recommends that if you agree with something in the interview, nod the noggin only three times. "Anything more than that, and you're saying you're agreeable to anything you say. And they just keep bobbing their head."

She estimates three out of four people have lousy handshakes. You might know them as the 'knuckle cruncher' or the 'wet fish'. "We want to give the confident hand shake, and that's opening the hand up, pressing lightly, grabbing the hand, and just pressing down."

Three small shakes will do. 

And, here's a secret for women: Wear a pin or scarf with the company colors. It might just say. "Hey, we're in connection with one another. We're in harmony with one another."

One more suggestion from Susan: When looking at the interviewer, keep your eyes on him or her for about eight seconds. Then, don't be afraid to look away for a quick two seconds. It'll prevent awkward staring.

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