Keep an eye on what your body language says about you in interviews
It’s not just what you say that’s under scrutiny in a job interview; body language counts too, and how you hold yourself could seriously affect the recruiters impression of you. Below are some of the dos and don’ts of job interview body language.
- Don’t slouch. Bad posture can come across as lazy, arrogant, or even aggressive. It’s helpful to imagine an invisible chord attaching the top of your head to the ceiling, so that you can sit up straighter.
- Don’t look away all the time. Staring is weird, so break eye contact now and again, but constantly averting your gaze will make you appear distracted.
- Don’t cross your arms. It’s a defensive gesture, and having your arms by your sides, or sitting with your hands in your lap, will make you seem much more approachable.
- Don’t fidget. This makes things awkward for both of you, can can make you come across as distracted and uncomfortable. You want to portray confidence.
- Don’t forget to smile! The interviewer is human, and is interested in recruiting a friendly person. It’s easy to get caught up in everything you’ve got to say, but a smile really does go a long way.
- Shake hands. A firm handshake is important to demonstrate confidence – just don’t crush their fingers!
- Lean in occasionally. This shows that you’re interested in what they interviewer is saying.
- Walk confidently. Shoulders back and head up should make you appear confident, but not cocky.
- Sit up straight and smile. You’ll look friendly, and engaged in the conversation.
- Keep your hands in your lap if you can, using them occasionally when you speak. Being able to see your palms suggest honesty and openness.