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When I began preparing to retire about six months ago I did not realize how complicated it would be to obtain a civilian job My first hurdle was being able to put into writing without using military jargon or acronyms what I have been doing for the last twenty years Another hurdle for me was to gain some insight on how to effectively sell myself in a job interview which I have never done in a civilian setting As I researched information on job interviewing for this class and for my future employment I realized that a job interview was a complicated and stressful process In a job interview a person has to communicate to a total stranger that he or she is the best applicant for the job There are many elements of communication that affect an interviewers perception of an applicant In my opinion body language vocal quality and content of speech are the most important elements of communication in a job interview In fact statistics indicate that a persons body language represents about 55 vocal quality represents about 38 and word content represents about 7 of the effectiveness of their message Through my experiences in the Army and from the research that I have done for this course I will explain why I feel that body language vocal quality and content of speech are the three most important elements of communication in a job interview In my opinion body language is the most important element of communication when being interviewed Most people disregard the importance of body language because it is natural a part of our subconscious and it and shows our true feelings and attitudes During a job interview a persons body language can contradict what their spoken words are saying For example when the applicant greets the interviewer their voice may sound strong and confident while their handshake is weak and sweaty Another example of proper body language is
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