Test: What Your Walk Says About You

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Your resume is glowing and once you're in the interview room you can certainly talk the talk...but can you walk the walk? No matter how amazing your accolades or stellar your past salaries seem, if you're shuffling into the room in this competitive job market, you may be slowing down your chances of landing a high-profile job. Give thought to your current glide and check out the advice below to see what your walk says about you.

If You Have A "Speedy Gonzales" Trot:

What Your Walk Says: If you're a fast walker, you may also be a fast worker which is prized in some setting but also may be problematic if you're so fast that you forget to pay attention to certain details or if you overlook something important.

Work for Your Walk: A career in data entry is super for your speed.

Quick Fix: Take time to smell the roses – or at least speak to your co-worker or interviewer-when walking. Avoid any pace that could elicit comments like "Where's the fire, buddy!"

If You Have A "Strut Your Stuff" Trot:

What Your Walk Says: If you're someone who struts, you're certainly projecting confidence and capability, but you could also be sending out signals to others that you've got a big ego, which could be a turnoff.

Work for Your Walk: Climbing the ladder to be an executive will allow you to strut your stuff without fear of consequences.

Quick Fix: Feel free to strut your stuff in the workplace but make sure that your strut is followed up with a humble smile and pleasant conversation to ward off any concerns of egocentrism.

If You Have A "Clack-Clack-Clacker" Trot:

What Your Walk Says: You certainly aren't afraid to be noticed if you're such a heavy walker that your heels announce that you're coming way before you actually arrive, but if you work in an environment where quiet and calm is key to productivity, you could be sticking out like a sore thumb.

Work for Your Walk: Getting noticed is half of the battle as a pharmaceutical sales representative so give that career a shot if you're a clacker.

Quick Fix: Shoe repair stores can replace your soles and heels with rubber ones for a small fee that could lead to a large promotion once the disruption ceases.

If You Have The "Always Behind the Group" Trot:

What Your Walk Says: Lagging behind in a group sends the signal that you can't keep up or are not interested in the others, which is a problem in workplaces where team players are most valued.

Work for Your Walk: A career path like being a driver, where you can work solo instead of depending upon the group, is best.

Quick Fix: Opt for more comfortable shoes so that you can easily stay ahead of the pack instead of trailing behind.

If You Have The "Silent Sneaker" Trot:

What Your Walk Says: If no one knows you're coming until you've arrived, you and your hard work may go unnoticed.

Work for Your Walk: A career as a programming analyst or a similar field where you don't have to rely on in-person meetings to make a statement is best.

Quick Fix: Make sure that the appreciation for your abilities isn't as muted as your walk by setting appointments with your bosses for reviews and by specifically pointing out your qualifications in interviews.

If You Have The "Slumped Over Shoulders" Trot:

What Your Walk Says: Walking into a room with your shoulders hunched over evokes a lack of confidence in oneself and one's abilities. Potential employers or current bosses might question their confidence in you if your walk suggests that you aren't confident in yourself.

Work for Your Walk: Hunching over the computer in an information technology job or in other technology-related jobs naturally fits your style of walk.

Quick Fix: Look in the mirror and try positioning your shoulders so that your shoulder blades are trying to touch. Your chest will open up and create a more confident walk.

If You Have The "Eyes Straight Ahead" Trot:

What Your Walk Says: If you're known for walking with your eyes straight ahead, you're probably known as a confident and focused worker with your eyes on the future.

Work for Your Walk: Any career like sales, where your eye contact can help seal a deal.

Quick Fix: You've got your eyes open so just make sure that the quality of your work matches your confidence.

If You Have The "Slow Walker" Trot:

What Your Walk Says: Some may be annoyed by a slow walker, assuming that they are ineffective, but certain types of jobs may appreciate it as a sign that you are thoughtful and detail oriented.

Work for Your Walk: A career where being careful counts, like in healthcare.

Quick Fix: If you're a slow walker, don't feel the need to speed up for the sake of appearances. Instead, provide your boss or potential employer with a list of projects that you've completed in the recent past to prove your effectiveness.

If You Have A "Zig-Zagger" Trot:

What Your Walk Says: If you find it hard to walk in a straight line, fellow and future workmates may see you as someone who is all over the map and not especially efficient.

Work for Your Walk: Careers like those in the retail industry where multi-tasking is a part of the job description will welcome your walk.

Quick Fix: If you love to weave as you walk, try making your movements make sense by zigging to speak to someone or zagging to pick up copies, instead of just aimlessly bobbing around.

If You Have The "Eyes Down" Trot:

What Your Walk Says: People who walk with their eyes focused on the floor are not only deemed unconfident but also appear to only be focused on the here and now and not interested in what's in front of them or upcoming events.

Work for Your Walk: A job in manufacturing, where your attention needs to be on what's right under your nose, is a great fit.

Quick Fix: Practice having better eye contact with others or at least focusing on something other than your shoes – your paycheck will probably thank you!

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If you're so pathetically stupid that you actually read (let alone believe this crap) I wouldn't let you in an interview if I knew you read it. These morons should be fired for even writing this kind of ****.

September 08 2012 at 5:27 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Another worthless web article. The topic of the story is a gross overgeneralization to begin with: there is no way you can quantify people by their walk! I've known people who shuffled along like a snail, but were the most productive members of a team; likewise, I've seen employees who speed along at Mach 1, but when it comes time to get the job done are clueless about what to do. The "information" here probably came from some self-proclaimed expert, as so many of these types of articles do. At least I didn't waste time reading the whole thing.

September 07 2012 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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October 11 2011 at 4:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It may not matter to you how you walk. I personally don't care. I've known complete a--holes who had great walks and nice people who couldn't walk a straight line if their lives depended on it, but if you're interviewing with someone who it does matter to then I guess you had better look for a few sources of opinion on the subject and keep in mind what has some element of validity, at your next interview, and throw the rest out. It's funny, these comments forums are everywhere. They're like accidents. You just have to look and comment. Happy hunting y'all.

November 07 2009 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

5th attempt..Here I am wasting my time posting and it takes several trys to even get the stupid thing to take the post...All I was saying is that AOL is becomine a total waste of time...Mundain and boring subjects hyped up out of nothing...NO real news to report...and will just post partial truths to get you to read the story only to find out it was a bunch of hype over nothing..Night all

October 18 2009 at 2:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Yep, and all of the AOL "articles" that turn out to be nothing more than slideshows from walletpop or some other site. If I see a "headline", I expect a textual story that relates directly to it.

October 18 2009 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Emporer's new clothes, anybody? This claim is as baseless as stating "the way you chew your gum can determine your mental stability". Beyond the obvious; teetering and awkward gait "may" mean presence of alcohol, walking fast "may" mean quickness in some other things, there is not a shred of scientific inquiry here, only casual observation and erroneous correlations. What a waste of verbiage.

October 17 2009 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i hate it when I pee and some of it gets on my leg... Yuckie!

October 17 2009 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The way one walks is hereditary. My husband has a nephew in another state whose mother was born in another country. He has rarely seen this adult child throughout his life. It is his brother's son. Now the mother laughs that their son walks like his uncle, my husband. I have a noticeable walk which I inherited from all the females in my mother's family. I walk with a slouch. I do not scold my daughter for walking like me because I know that if she straightened her shoulders, she would have to forget everything else and concentrate on just that. ll of these employers who maintain these stereotypes need to have their own salaries lowered for having them. It is cruel and unfair.

October 12 2009 at 4:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

they like to timidate people that have no job, that is all it is they have nothing better to say!!

September 29 2009 at 5:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

they like to timidate people that have no job, that is all it is they have nothing better to say!!

September 29 2009 at 5:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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