Using Body Language in Your Interviews
While it is important to know how to impress your potential employers with your answers to their questions, it is equally important to carry yourself positively during job interviews by means of body language.
Here is some advice on how to effectively let your body do the talking and help you get that job: Before, during and after the interview.
Before the Interview
Dress for the job.
What should one wear to an interview?
Once you understand the position you are applying for and have researched the company you wish to join, you will know the business style that is expected. For some this still can be difficult decision however there are some essentials for being well presented for an interview. Firstly you must be well-groomed.This means neat and combed hair, buffed fingernails, and polished shoes. Your outfit should be smart in style, comfortable and tailored, and your accessories, should be paired down and simple. This will give the appearance of a more contemporary, and business like style of dress.
Great entrance, great impact.
Your interview starts before you get inside the interview room. You need to assume that you can be seen in the car park, or at the café outside, in the elevator or at reception. You should always look relaxed and composed to show anyone who might be observing that you are confident and calm. Avoid looking lost and unsure of what to do. While waiting for your turn, stand tall – do not slouch over. Sit with your back straight to show that you’re confident and ready. Make sure you have your resume, folder or bag neatly beside you, and that you move gracefully while you wait. This will help you greet the person coming to get you for the interview.
During the Interview
Shake on it.
An essential part of job interviews is a firm handshake. Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake. Studies say that handshakes play a significant role in creating first great impressions. Your handshake should be as careful as how you hold a baby. Not too strong, but not too limp.
Sit up straight.
Sit up straight and show your neck, chest, and stomach. This gives an important sign of confidence, strength, and openness.
Always bear in mind that you aren’t the only person who’s been inside the room, eager to get the job. Make sure to look interested by leaning forward slightly. Avoid slouching, crossing your arms, or resting them on your lap as these show boredom, disengagement, defensiveness, and nervousness.
Maintain eye contact.
An effective way to show that you are interested is by establishing eye contact. As a rule of thumb, successful eye contact means holding it for at least three seconds. This tells the interviewer that you are engaged, open, and paying attention. In the case of having multiple interviewers, it is important to ensure that you look at the person who asked the question.
If you are wondering how much body movement and eye contact is appropriate during a job interview, you could imagine a scenario just as if a friend was telling you an interesting story, and when you wanted to speak – you would speak positively while moving your hands and your eyes,like you just had a great idea.
Use your hands.
Use hand gestures to support you with what you’re saying. It shows that you are comfortable sharing your thoughts. However, avoid overdoing it as too many hand gestures can distract the interviewer from your words. It is also important to remember to consistently show your palms while talking to show honestly and engagement.
Nod your head.
Aside from maintaining eye contact, gently nodding your head while listening is an additional way to show that you are enjoying and understanding what is being said.
After the Interview
This is your last chance to win them over. You have to master the art of departing. Just as you did when you first greeted the interviewer, reach out your hand once again. Make sure to maintain eye contact, say goodbye with a smile, and be sincere about it. Walk out of the interview room with an upright posture until you are out of sight.
You must practice your body language as much as you prepare your answers to the common interview questions. Practice with friends or with a career coach to ensure you are fully aware and in control of your body language when the time comes for the interview.
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