n the business of recruiting I've found the smile to be a powerful bridge-builder for friendly and even candid conversations. So I always use it and welcome it from candidates I interview. It is the universal body language of: "Welcome" and "How are you?"...and, "I hope well..." And, "I am actually listening to you because I care about what we're discussing."
Use it or lose it--the SMILE, as an important piece of the human condition, particularly in the realm of communications.
Going the other way, with the more formal "poker face" that essentially gives no signal of warmth, or even that I'm listening--I feel will work against an interviewer. It'll make the interviewee ill-at-ease in the job interview setting. And unfortunately some interviewers want the exact condition in the job interview.
Barb is absolutely correct. Those of us who have been around since tennis balls were square have heard about how we were going to be eliminated since they newspapers quit using little monks to type set with a mallet. Find the person they need and ignore all the "sky is falling" noise and you will be writing this kind of thing long after Barb and i have moved on to the big recruiting office in the sky or are trying to find a fourth for bridge in the nether regions. Recruiters being what they are, we shouldn't have too hard a time setting up several tables of bridge and finding an air conditioner.
IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF BARB GOLDMAN
"Recruiters will never be eliminated. Never. The internet was supposed to eliminate third party recruiters. Hasn't happened. Now social networks are supposed to do the same thing. Never happen. It's easy to hire unemployed people. It's difficult to move someone out of a job they already have. It doesn't matter if we use the internet, networks, or smoke signals, as long as jobs become more complicated, and as long as technology continues to change at a rapid rate, there will be third party recruiters. The working passive candidate is not answering ads, reaching out on Facebook, or posting his resume on line. He is, just like he has been since the beginning of the profession, too busy working, or too high profile"…