You’ve perfected your résumé and cover letter. You’ve practiced your answers to frequently asked job interview questions. You may have even bought a new, professional outfit for your interview. So why aren’t you getting an offer after interviewing? It could be due to your body language – those nonverbal cues you unconsciously give off during a conversation.Some body language cues can add to the interviewer’s positive perception of you, while others may make you seem nervous, defensive or even untrustworthy.Let’s start with the positive ones:SmilingUnbuttoning your coat when sittingOpen handsLeaning forward in your chairChin upFirm handshakeGood eye contactNow, here are some negative non-verbals you want to avoid during an interview:FidgetingPulling on your skin or earClenched handsHands touching or covering part of your faceChin downPlaying with your hairLooking down or never making eye contactCrossing your armsIt’s hard to pick up on these cues you give off because they’re things you do everyday without thinking twice. (Plus, you can’t see yourself doing them!) Some you may do because you’re nervous, while others just come naturally.A great way to objectively evaluate your non-verbals is to participate in a recorded mock interview. This way, you can observe yourself from how the interviewer will see you—you’ll be surprised on the cues you can pick up on right away.If you’re a student or recent alumni, head over to your campus career center to schedule a mock interview. If you aren’t, ask a friend or family member to ask you interview questions and record yourself with a webcam or digital camera. In both cases, ask for feedback about not only your interviewing skills, but your body language, as well.What toxic non-verbal cues are you trying to kick? What strategies have worked for you in the past?
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Less than a day after securing a ten percent stake in Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines has announced an expansion to its codeshare agreement with the carrier , a move set to boost coverage across Australia, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Effective immediately, Singapore Airlines will codeshare on all Virgin Australia domestic destinations, giving its customers access to 32 Australian cities.Still subject to regulatory approval, the airline hopes to extend the codeshare onto Virgin trans-Tasman flights including the cities of Dunedin, Queenstown and Wellington within the coming months.In turn, Virgin Australia will extend its current agreement with Singapore Airlines to cover connections from the east coast of Australia to Europe, the United Kingdom and additional cities in Asia, giving Virgin customers access to 64 destinations in Asia and 12 destinations in Europe.Virgin Australia group executive of alliances, network and yield Merren McArthur said the announcement would meet growing demand for customers to travel onward from Asia to Europe. In other Virgin news, the carrier and its other airline partner, Air New Zealand, announced it will recommence flights between Auckland and Sunshine Coast next year.Starting 18 June and running for 17 weeks, the services will be operated by Air New Zealand and will run twice weekly to and from Auckland. “The return of this direct service with an extended season in 2013 demonstrates the undeniable demand for Kiwis to visit the Sunshine Coast,” Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd chief executive Steve Cooper said.