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August 2011

A smile wouldn’t hurt you now, would it?

Failing to smile at interview has been ranked third in UK employers’ top 10 turn-offs when hiring. According to research from, when asked to choose the biggest body language turn-offs in job interviews, employers went for:

1. Failure to make eye contact (83%)

2. Weak handshake (54%)

3. Failure to smile(48%)

4. Crossing your arms over your chest (41%)

5. Playing with something-on the table (40%)

6. Playing with your hair or touching your face (36%)

7. Fidgeting too much in your seat (34%)

8. Bad posture (32%)

Keep calm and carry on………

Dreadful scenes on our TV screens this week as lunacy seemed to affect our urban society with opportunist looters and thieves rioting in order to steal consumer goods.

The vast majority of law-abiding citizens in this country were shocked and dismayed. It is clearly a complex and difficult matter to try to resolve – and certainly not within the scope of this blog to even try.

However I was struck by an instance of people carrying on despite the thugs.