Is your body language giving you away? Here are 5 things you need to be aware of….
For many of us, going for an interview is a nerve racking experience. Others seem to thrive on it. Either way, we spend time thinking about what to say in the interview and how to say it.
The truth is that we’re being judged before we’ve even opened our mouths. Without knowing it, your body language is probably giving away more than you’d like. Totaljobs.com says eye contact, posture, fidgeting, hand gestures and handshakes all need to be considered. So here are five things to think about before your next interview.
- Eye contact
If you want to show you’re interested in working for them, good eye contact is key. It shows that you’re engaged and paying attention. If there is more than one person interviewing you, don’t leave someone out.Don’t make people feel uncomfortable with your stare though. A few seconds eye contact at a time is fine.
- Bad posture
Whatever you do, don’t lean back in your seat. It can appear that you’re disinterested. Don’t lean too far forward either as it can seem threatening. Don’t slouch; they may think you’re lazy. The best thing to do? Sit up straight like your mum was always telling you.
- Excessive fidgeting
This one is difficult to combat because often we don’t even know we’re doing it. It can be worse when we’re nervous too, so common in an interview. For an interviewer, nail biting and leg twitching can be distracting and off putting. Another big no-no is hair twirling and rubbing your nose. It can seem dishonest and untrustworthy.
- Using your hands
We use our hands a lot when we talk, but be careful not to overdo it. Waving your hands around to make a point will suggest you are nervous. Pointing can come across as overly confident so maybe another one to be avoided. Use your hands to gesticulate in moderation and keep your palms facing up. It’s a sign of openness and honesty.
- Mirror mirror
Mirroring a smile or a nod can show that you’re trying to build rapport with your interviewer. Matching a handshake is also a good move. Too limp and it can imply weakness. Crush someone’s hand and it might show you to be too aggressive.
Although these pointers might all sound obvious, there’s something about an interview that makes you forget them all.
If you remember nothing else, just smile. A smile goes a long way and nobody wants to employ a miserable person.
So, it’s not about changing who you are, it’s just about trying to show them the best version of yourself.
As Oscar Wilde said: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
Good luck if you already have an interview coming up.
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