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Interview nightmares: The nervous gesticulator

DONNA FROST
Last updated 05:00 24/12/2012

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I'm a self confessed job tart. I've had more interviews than haircuts (I'm no show pony, but certainly not a cavewoman when it comes to grooming).

After a hundred and something job applications, I found myself in an interview with an uptight, beady-eyed employer wearing far too much cologne. My nostrils were stinging, filled with the overbearing scent so strong I could taste it.

Mid-interview, Mr Beady-Eyes raises his hand in the air, signalling me to halt the interview. He then went on to tell me to stop talking, and to answer his questions again ... without the hand movements.

"I find them distracting," he said. Honestly, this is a first.

Okay, I'm also a talker. I'm generous with my words, but more so my mannerisms and hand gestures when I talk. This is amplified when I'm anxious, nervous. I tend to look like I'm conducting an orchestra using sign language/sprinkler dance move combo. According to Mr Beady-Eyes, it's not really an ideal interviewing style. I disagree.


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