Body language is very important in an interview. You can say what you want, but if your body languages communicate a different story, you may seem arrogant and unreliable. What you say is also important, but the message your body is sending is what really matters.
At the end of the day, when you show up in a job interview, you want to look confident, but not over-confident and this can be a tough call. Here are 6 top tips to make sure that your body language is telling the right messages to the job interviewers.
1. First Impression
While waiting for your turn, don’t tuck your chin in the chest or hunch your shoulders. This makes you seem closed off. Instead, you should sit with your chest open and your back straight – signs that you are assertive and confident. Also, make sure you do not take this to the extreme. Throwing your arms at the back of the chair or elongating your legs can make you look arrogant and too comfortable.
2. Give a firm handshake
First of all, you should be the want to initiate the handshake. Stretch your fingers in a way that makes a 45° angle with the thumb. Then make sure you close your fingers around his/her hand. More so, avoid giving a soft handshake as this tends to give an impression that you feel uncertain.
3. Maintain eye contact
Eye contact is an important and reliable way of showing that you are engaged with the interviewers. People who are a bit nervous have a habit of letting their eyes flit around the room or over-fixing on someone. Maintaining your eye contact is not an easy thing to crack more so if you over-analyze it. The trick is getting an eye contact at the beginning of the interviews and moving them periodically, when appropriate. Three or four seconds of fixed regard is sufficient.
4. Lean in
Leaning in is usually a natural habit especially when you are engaged in a conversation. Lean in slightly forward while your chest is high and your shoulders back and down to demonstrate interest. Your body posture is an important part of your nonverbal conversations.
5. Avoid a tense impression with your fingers and hands
Hold and move your fingers and hands in a natural and calm manner when you are talking. Keeps your hands still when the interviewer is talking. Avoid rhythmic movements which can easily reveal your stress. If you touch your face too much or play with your fingers, you can be perceived as unreliable or insecure.
6. About Departing
When the interview ends, gather your stuff calmly, rise as you smile, and then nod your head. In case shaking hands with everyone else in the interview room is inconvenient, at least do it with the respective hiring person and also the person who brought you in for the interview. Do not allow any thoughts in your mind that might leave the interview with a negative impression.