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Asked by Nathalie on April 12, 2017

I'm a very awkward person and sometimes can't sit still. In class, I find myself sinking in my chair and then having to readjust and sinking back. I also fidget a lot, unsure of where to put my hands. I will be going on some internship interviews soon so I was wondering are there any big no-no's during an interview? Things that I should keep in mind prior to the interview? Or literally any advice?

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on April 12, 2017

Posture is very important during an interview so as difficult as it may be to sit still, I would strongly recommend focusing on this. If you have trouble sitting up in your chair, try using the table as a bit of a support. You could place your hands or forearms on the table to help keep you upright and engaged. You will want to be mindful that you don't fidget with your hands, pen or another object on the table. Clicking your pen is definitely a no-no. Take notes during your interview, while still staying engaged and making eye contact, to try to eliminate some of the fidgeting. You could cross your legs under the table if you're afraid you will fidget. If you cannot stop fidgeting with your hands, try to keep them on your lap, under the table so they are out of view. Most interviewers will expect you to be a little nervous but know that they want you to do well. If it helps, try doing a practice interview in front of a mirror so you can visually see your movements and habits from the interviewers perspective.

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Answered by Brandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on April 18, 2017

You are not alone, many people have trouble with fidgeting and readjusting. My recommendation is to keep your mind focused on the interview, and have good posture. You want to seem confident even in a stressful situation. Find an "anchor" that will help you stay grounded like the table or maybe the arms of the chair to avoid excessive movement. Keep your focus and you will do great!!  

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on June 2, 2017

Kudos to you for asking these questions!

Many people experience various forms of anxiety during interviews that leave them feeling awkward and restless during the conversation.
The first thing I would suggest is own your awkwardness! You are interviewing with a company because they saw that you have the skills and experience that they need for the role. When you do get to meet them in person, of course be respectful and professional, but also be yourself. Use everything to your strength because that is what sets you apart from the next person.
The second thing I would suggest is to maintain good posture; whether you are feeling it or not, sitting up straight and not crossing your arms will exude confidence.
The third piece of advice is that if you are unsure what to do with your hands during the interview and are nervous about fidgeting, try resting your portfolio and/or notepad of prepped questions on your lap with your hands rested on top or the sides. You'll feel better holding something but it will not look awkward or out of place.

Best of luck!

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