3 interview mistakes that give away how nervous you are — and how to avoid them

Shana Lebowitz

Psychologists have known for a while that anxious candidates are less likely to be hired after job interviews than their calmer peers.

But up until a few months ago, no one had pinpointed why nervousness could be a turn-off or a sign that someone isn't fit for the job.

That's when researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada set out to examine the specific behaviors displayed by anxious candidates that can make them seem less hirable.

According to their findings, it probably isn't nervous tics like fidgeting or biting your lips that cause interviewers to perceive you as nervous and less suitable for the position. Instead, it could be a combination of three key factors: speaking slowly, not acting assertive and not demonstrating warmth.

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