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There are different ways that humans connect. It can happen with words and conversations, through touch and affirming handshakes, through hearing and verbal cues. Another really important way that individuals connect is through eye contact. The old adage goes that the eyes are the windows to the soul. As cheesy and cliche as that may sound, there’s truth to it which I’ll discuss below.
When you agree to an interview with a potential employer, it’s implied that for at least 20 minutes you’ll have to engage in conversation with this person. If you’re someone who feels uneasy with making eye contact with people, especially someone you might not know, the interview could bring on some stress. However, you are not alone! A lot of people feel awkward with prolonged eye contact, and feel that that is a very anxiety inducing aspect of the job search process, ie. the interview. Luckily, there are ways to make it less intense. First off, when starting your interview it’s a good idea to look at your interviewer in the eyes for a few seconds before looking away. Prolonged eye contact can come off as too intense, while not enough eye contact can come off as not having as much confidence in yourself. The best course of action is to find a happy medium— making eye contact while having a conversation with your interviewer, and then taking brief moments to look away. You could also pick a few spots on your interviewer’s face to rotate your focus on so as not to have an intense gaze for the entirety of the interview. When done effectively, eye contact is an excellent way to signify to the interviewer that you are present, receiving the information spoken to you, and essentially reciprocating interest in working for the company.
I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the fact that not everyone who interviews with a potential employer will be someone who has their full vision. This piece was not meant to exclude folks with blindness. When you get down to it, the best candidate for the job will always be considered by the potential employer, regardless of their abilities. If you want to learn more about eye contact, check out this great article I came across. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope that everyone enjoys the change of the season into Spring. See you in April!