Interview Tips: The Correct Body Language
As humans, we communicate non-verbally just as much, if not more, than we do verbally. But not often enough do we realize and discuss this.
As you head in to your big job interview, keep in mind that the way you greet, sit and stand can be just as crucial to the hiring manager as what you say and how you say it. If you really want to knock their socks off, keep these body language tips in mind, as well as deliver a polished resume. Trust us – you’ll see the difference it can make!
Handshake – Take this opportunity to create a powerful first impression. By powerful, we don’t mean making your interviewer’s hand throb. We mean showing confidence by going in for a strong, firm shake. It’s a simple way to generate an instant mutual respect, and it’ll show that you’re secure with yourself.
Posture – Sit up straight, and try hard to look natural while doing it. Most of us tend to slouch, but this isn’t the time or place to do so. While interviewing, make a conscious effort to act confident and professional. Save the slouching for when playing video games in your bean bag chair at home.
Eye Contact – The eyes are a powerful indicator of expression and feeling. Maintain strong eye contact throughout the interview to show that you’re interested in what your interviewer has to say. Even when not speaking, you can still say a lot with your eyes. Make sure you’re conveying the correct message.
Facial Expression – Don’t be afraid to show your pearly whites. Who would you rather work with – someone who constantly has a serious look on their face, or someone who is happy to be there and gives off a smile? No need to be overly smiley, though. That could start to look goofy. Just make sure to keep a pleasant demeanor throughout.
Fidgeting – There’s no reason to sit like a statue while interviewing, but you also don’t want don’t want to appear Tasmanian-devilish. Avoid foot tapping, nail biting, hair twirling or any other move that can distract your interviewer. Even if they aren’t, those movements will look like nervous ticks. Take a deep breath and find a comfortable position. Once there, minimize the fidgeting.