Body Language: 10 Must Know Tips for Job Interviews
You have prepared all your questions and answers for your important job interview. However, there is one other thing you need to think about before you even enter the interview room – your body language!
Our body language is usually subconscious. When you are interacting with others, your body language gives clues to the other person about your personality and your feelings at the time, which are used to make judgements.
During a job interview, the interviewer uses your body language as clues to whether you are right for the job. By being conscious of our body language during the job interview, we can help convey a confident and capable applicant for the position.
Being too confident with our body language makes us look smug, and inappropriate body language confuses people, so get it right and it can really help in securing your new job.
Here are ten must know tips for the right body language at all the stages of your interview –
1. Walking into reception
Walk in, smiling with head held high and stand straight with shoulders back.
2. Waiting in reception
Don’t lean too far back as sometimes those reception chairs are hard to get out of. Have feet firmly planted on the ground, shoulders back and hands rested comfortably in your lap.
3. Greeting the interviewer
Stand tall, confidently put out your hand for the handshake and smile at the interviewer.
4. Walking into the interview
Shoulders back, holding a folder or notepad will help to place your hands and hide your nerves.
5. Sitting in your chair
Sit all the way back in the chair, this will help you to sit up straight throughout the whole interview.
6. Eye contact
Eye contact is good but can sometimes be too much, especially if you are sitting close to each other. Try some face contact; this won’t be so off putting for them (or for you!).
7. Hand gestures
Fold them comfortably in your lap, or above the desk or table, or hold a pen as this will cover up the nerves when listening and use gentle hand gestures when talking.
Have your feet firmly planted, as this will keep you grounded in your chair and stop any fidgeting.
Breathe calmly, and take a deep breathe before you speak. This keeps you calm and has the added benefit of giving you time to think about your answer.
Don’t forget to smile. It warms people and shows you are a happy person and everyone wants to be around happy people.