In business situations, choosing a seat can guide the type of reception, cooperation and respect you get from others. Everything about the action of taking a seat – the location, the posture, the proximity to another person – speaks volumes and becomes a part of your professional body language. Seating tendencies should be adjusted based on environment, the amount of people present and your specific role.
In general, side-by-side seating is known to suggest cooperation between parties. Corner seating is viewed as friendly and disarming. Opposite seating configurations connotes a serious, restrained atmosphere where protocols should be followed. To make sure you are conveying the right tone and personal traits in any scenario, consider the following tips.
For a group interview, it’s best for the interviewee to sit so that he has the full attention of every interviewer and always remains the central focus. The recommended arrangement is for all participants to sit at a long table that allows the panel of interviewers to sit evenly spaced on one side, while the interviewee sits on the opposite side in the center of the table.
For a small interview that includes just two people -- the interviewer and person being interviewed – there are... Read more