Interpreting and utilizing body language is an invaluable tool in any situation, especially at work. From an interview to your everyday job, the following will provide you with tips to help you stand out from the crowd.
1. 30 Second Rule: A judgment has been made about you within the first 30 seconds of meeting someone; therefore, it’s important that you look the part you are trying to sell. If you believe yourself to be creative, then don’t dress up all in black. Men, you may or may not know this but women typically check your shoes, so make sure they are polished. For more information about first impressions, I recommend Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink.
2. Look at the Handshake: Handshakes provide an insight to a person’s character (e.g., strong vs. softer hand grips). Keep your eye out if the other person has his or her hand on top of yours, it would be a good indicator that this person is dominant or that you are naturally submissive. This insight is neither good nor bad but instead, provides you with information on how to strategize when building rapport with the other person.