Just as what you say during an interview helps communicate your fit for the job, so too does your body language.
Body language can have a big impact on the way you're perceived by others, especially at work. It can seem silly but there are psychological reasons behind it, so thinking about how you're carrying and expressing yourself during a job interview shouldn't be forgotten.
There are plenty of body language don’ts to worry about, - fidgeting, for example, makes you look nervous and weak – but there are also plenty of body languages techniques that you can use to your advantage. Here are seven of the best:
Firm hand shake
You should always start and interview by shaking hands with your interviewer. A firm handshake can help you demonstrate confidence, create a bond between you and your interview, and help you become more memorable to your interviewer - all in less than three seconds!
Maintain good eye contact
One of the very first things people do when meeting someone for the first time is to try and decide if they can trust you, and maintaining eye contact is an effective way to convey you’re trustworthy.
When you shake hands, look your interviewer in the eye and maintain regular — but not overly persistent — eye contact throughout the interview.
But remember to avoid long periods of eye contact as extended eye contact is often considered to be an attempt at intimidation, which can make the interview feel anxious. Be sure to look away if you feel yourself staring for too long.
Sit up straight
Sitting straight is seen as a sign of intelligence, confidence and trustworthiness.
If you lounge back in your chair, interviewers interpret this is a sign of disinterest, or that you’re not taking the interview seriously – neither of which will help your land the job.
Keep your arms and legs uncrossed
Crossing your arms and legs makes you appear defensive or guarded or board. Instead, try to keep your arms relaxed by your side and your legs in a conformable position under the table.
Find a place for your hands
Don’t keep your hands stuffed in your pocket. Again this is seen as a sign of disinterest. Instead, press the fingertips of your hands together to form a church steeple, which is a display of confidence
In addition, don’t point or widely gesture across the table as this appears intrusive and is often seen as a sign of aggression.
Showing a genuine smile is the easiest way to sell your enthusiasm for the open role and express your personality. Plenty of organisations are beginning to place cultural synergy as being just as important as experience and qualifications.
A smile is also often contagious and can immediate create a more positive environment.
If you have more than one person interviewing you at once, make sure you briefly address everyone with your gaze (without looking like a tennis spectator) and return your attention to the person who has asked you a question.
For more interview tips and tricks, please get in touch with one of our expert consultants.
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