Sherlock Holmes has the amazing talent of knowing someone’s life history when he first sets eyes on them. Of course, recruiting someone would be a lot easier if you could identify their strengths and weaknesses by assessing the evidence on their exterior before questioning your candidate?
There are many second guesses you could make about why someone’s shoes are dirty, why their shirt is not ironed well around the collar, why they don’t make eye contact when they talk to you, or why are they wearing red lipstick with a pink dress, why do they stand on one foot when they shake hands with you etc.
Body language tells an interviewer a lot about you. Research indicates it’s as high as 90% responsible for the first impression you create when you meet someone. It indicates your level of confidence, level of interest, your professionalism.
The external appearance of a true professional should be well polished at all times. Otherwise your peers may start second guessing your life history!
The great Sherlock Holmes had the brain for storing conversations, reminders, observations, pictures, maps, equations. Unlike Mr. Holmes most top professionals carry a notebook and pen and frantically write down everything; However, studies have shown that writing down your notes will improve your memory and it also helps you to achieve your goals.
Sherlock always wears his best when working on his assignments, his shoes are shined and there is not much room for improvement, except maybe the hat.
Sherlock’s ability to gather the information required and to analyse a situation by open and closed questions is exactly what true professionals do at a first meeting. The first meeting with a prospective employer is an opportunity to fact find as much out about them as it is for them to find the hidden truth about you. Be open with your answers and be honest. A real detective interviewer will see straight through the grey areas.
The steps you take in your career will depend on the choices you make today and any missed opportunity should be seen as a learning curve.
Have a think about the impact of your body language at your next meeting; what will you change?