Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words. – Deborah Bull
The fact that you have been invited in for an interview means your resume is pretty good and you have the required education and qualifications to fulfil the role. From here, employers and recruiters will evaluate you based on 3 basic criteria.
- The first impression you make
- The answers you give to the interview questions
- Your body language
All 3 of these components work together and they all need to be executed well. You will not get through to the next round interview if you fail at one of the criteria above.
First impressions are critical, they will influence the way the interviewer will consider you throughout the entire interview.
In addition, you need to have well prepared answers to all the most common job interview questions and be able to deliver them with confidence.
And finally, you need to maintain confident, positive body language from the minute you walk into the reception area until you exit the building again. What body language cues are the most effective?
7 Body Language Tips For Your Next Job Interview:
A genuine, friendly smile will make you more likeable and show the interviewer you have personality. You do not want to come across as too serious or negative, no one wants to work every day with people like that. Smile, laugh if appropriate, just don’t make it look too forced or manic because then you just look plain scary.
A firm, strong handshake is one of the best ways to show confidence without being arrogant. People are attracted to confidence in others, and they want to work with people like that. A limp handshake makes you appear weak and incompetent and will make people question if you have what it takes to do the job.
Good Eye & Face Contact
Good eye contact indicates honesty and sincerity. If you keep avoiding it, you make it look like you are hiding something and you come across as dishonest. Sometimes it’s weird to keep looking at someone in the eye for too long. If you start to feel like this, then look at other facial features for a bit and then make eye contact again.
Control Your Posture & Gestures
Fidgeting with your hands, tapping your feet or slouching in your seat all make you look nervous and lacking in confidence. Make a conscious effort to sit up straight and keep your feet firmly planted on the ground. Keep your hands and feet still and remain attentive.
Use Gentle Hand Gestures
If you use this gesture sparingly it can be very effective. Making gentle hand gestures occasional as you speak can help you make your point and bring your nerves under control. That said, if you overdo it, you will come across as extremely nervous which is something you don’t want to do.
Nod Occasionally While Listening
It can very very awkward to sit and smile at someone while making constant eye contact with them if that lasts for too long. This can happen if the interviewer decides to give you a bit of a speech about the company, its history or the role. The trick here is to smile and nod occasionally to show you are listening attentively and that you are very interested in the information.
Lean In, But Not Too Close
Leaning in toward the interviewer shows you are engaged in the conversation and that it is having a positive effect on you. It is a normal reaction when we have a conversation with friends or family. It works particularly well if the interviewer does it to, so you are effectively mirroring the behaviour. Remember though, the interviewer is looking carefully at your non verbal cues so you need to make this gesture is subtle. Close talkers are just scary!
Take Away Interview Tips:
When you are preparing for a job interview you chose your words carefully. You spend hour putting together your answers to expected interview questions and you chose the examples you will highlight with care. Make sure you give the same consideration and thought to your body language. It will work hand in hand with your interview answers to determine if you get the job.
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