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How to place arms & feet in a positive manner


  1. If you are unsure of what to do with your hands, rest them in your lap or the table in front of you.
  2. No hands above the neck, fiddling with your face or your hair-it conveys nervousness and anxiety. Keep your hands away from your face.
  3. Touching the nose or lips can indicate that the candidate is lying or uncertain.
  4. Never fold your arms across your chest as it suggests a closed and defensive attitude.
  5. Do not wave your hands and arms around as it can be perceived as uncertainty and a lack of professionalism.
  6. The less you move your arms and hands, the more confident and in control you are
  7. Lots of leg movements are both distracting and indicates nervousness.
  8. Crossing your legs high up conveys a defensive attitude in the one-on-one context of a job interview.

Also, just remember to practice a comfortable way to loosely place your arms and hands while you are sitting, both at a table and in a chair on its own. The best way to present your legs is by crossing them at the ankles or placing both feet flat on the floor to convey a confident and professional look during the job interview.