I was escorted to the conference table sporting my best black blazer, pencil skirt and pallet of make-up. The receptionist handed me an ice-cold bottle of water and nodded curtly, “the manager will be with you shortly.” She smiled warmly before exiting the room and gently closing the door.
I planted my elbows on the table, folded my hands and took a wide, but tall and defiant posture. I listened to a TED talk once about how body language alone can make or break your chance of getting hired. Retreating inwards and folding your arms and legs make a candidate look timid; however, sitting tall, lifting your neck, holding up your shoulders and puffing out your chest denotes confidence. I was going for the latter look.