Those are typical mistakes people make all the time especially in a multicultural context.Vodpod videos no longer available.
For example while I was working in Japan, looking straight in the eyes of a Japanese business person would be considered as very impolite and aggressive.
It was also common to interpret Japanese closing eyes during meetings as sleeping which might be true, but in most cases the person was concentrating on the English words.
It is only by working and living in a country long enough that you can get clues of culture-driven body language. On top there are also regional and individual specific body gestures.
Salutations are really cultural. For example Americans will hug you even in business setting which can be embarrassing for Japanese who don’t touch and bow. The level of bowing is based on seniority the younger you are the lower you have to bow! In Europe kisses on the cheeks are common even at work and between same gender, two kisses in the south of France but 4 kisses for Parisians!
P.S. On Linkedin group: Linked:HR (#1 Human Resources Group) there is a discussion on body language in interviews started by Shrradha Parekh and this video was submitted by Allison Dolan .