Talking with your hands during an interview

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by alexamasan, Apr 25, 2010.

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  1. alexamasan

    alexamasan 5+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Do you guys think talking with your hands will have a negative impression on an interview? Do you think it would depend on the extent of you talking with your hands?
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  3. UCLAbruinz

    UCLAbruinz 5+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2010
    you mean body expression using ur hands? it's a good thing, you're putting your emotion and heart to what you're talking about. just don't stare at your hands.
  4. alexamasan

    alexamasan 5+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    To just clarify, yes, that is what I mean, and thank you for your opinion :D
  5. MrBeans

    MrBeans MrBeans 2+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2009
    I see nothing wrong with talking with your hands, provided the verbalization aspect is very strong.

    It's a natural expression anyway.
  6. Vicviper

    Vicviper Steve McAwesome 7+ Year Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Visalia, CA
    Be yourself, that's the most important thing. If you use your hands a lot to express yourself when you normally talk, just do that.
  7. WVStunna


    Jan 30, 2010
    Talking with your hands demonstrates exceptional manual dexterity.
  8. fsddsms

    fsddsms 2+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    lol my hands were flailing around at all my interviews. I think it's just something I do in general though. But during certain interviews I'd see them staring at my hands moving around than paying attention to me at times with smiles aha. The hand gestures do help keep them from falling asleep though and shows your enthusiasm. Just my opinion.
  9. Saddleshoes

    Saddleshoes 7+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2007
    All the practicing dentist I know "talk" with their hands every day at work. It's called dentistry.
  10. OU2010

    OU2010 2+ Year Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    I'm assuming you're a Dago like myself and if you DON'T talk with your hands then it will have a negative impact.
  11. FutureDent020

    FutureDent020 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2009
    Louisville, KY
    Talking with your hands is pointless and distracting to the interviewer. But I can't have a conversation without constantly doing it. I noticed my interviewer at NYU following my hands instead of looking at me.
  12. MrBeans

    MrBeans MrBeans 2+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2009
    Although I agree, I also think that talking with your hands can create a more engaging conversation if done naturally and properly.

    alexamasan, you may want to go to interview workshops and get yourself evaluated so you're 100% confident going into your interviews. :)

  13. anschutz1913


    Jul 10, 2009
    Please refrain from talking with hand gestures. It is more important to have your hands hang at your side with an erect posture, as you maintain uninterrupted eye contact, and speak with a low, monotone voice about why you like dentistry.
  14. Blue Panther

    Blue Panther

    Mar 2, 2010
    This has happened to me on several occasions during the interview season.
  15. s2agrado

    s2agrado 2+ Year Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    I'm a hand talker too...and also saw them looking at my hands during my interviews, which made me self-concious (thinking it was a distraction for them).

    I would try to minimize it and maybe use facial expressions and tone to express your enthusiasm...but at the same time, you have to keep it real, don't fake anything--just try to find a balance.

    I know when I was doing mock interviews for engineering jobs, I was told NOT to talk so much with my hands that it is a distraction and most interviewers won't like it.

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