You have reached the interview stage for a fabulous job. You’ve researched the company and prepared yourself for the questions that may be asked. How you carry yourself via your body language can make or break whether you get an offer. So what are the dos and don’ts?
Sit up straight. Slouching is a no-no, as you will appear uninterested and even rude. It’s also not a great idea to sit fully upright, as you may appear too uptight and uneasy. Try to strike a balance between the two.
Up in arms. Job interviews can be stressful scenarios, and this may lead to flailing your arms and hands around as you talk. For an employer, this can be distracting and can give off an air of uneasiness. It’s best to make controlled, concise and commanding hand gestures that demonstrate your confidence in what you’re talking about.
Not the face! Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth as it similarly gives off an air of nervousness and unprofessionalism.
Master of expressions. Facial expressions are important. When you meet your interviewer, combine a handshake with a smile, and remember to maintain eye contact at all times, especially when they’re the one doing the talking.
Easy listening. It’s key to uphold an expression of interest to reassure the interviewer that you are listening. Provide frequent but intermittent nods of the head and smiles when appropriate.
Don’t fidget! Avoid playing with your hair, wobbling your legs and hands and fiddling around with pens and paper nearby. There’s nothing more irritating than the sound of fingers and feet tapping on the table and floor–it tells the interviewer that you are anxious.
Double team. Many interviews feature two interviewers, often your potential line manager and the head of HR or even a company director. Regardless of who you’re talking to, address both of them by alternating your gaze.
Wear the right outfit. Depending on the company’s culture, you might need to dress in professional attire that’s more formal than you’re used to. Plan ahead. Put together a polished outfit that makes you feel confident. You’ll be more likely to project an attitude of self-assuredness.
Exit on a high note. When an interview comes to a close, it can be tempting to make a dash for the door. Instead, take the time to shake hands, look your interviewer in the eye, smile and reaffirm your enthusiasm for the position.
And relax. There is really no better way to ace an interview than to just be yourself. Stay cool, take it easy and keep your body language simple.
Rachel MacDonald, NowLearning
It’s important to be aware of the interviewer’s body language, as well as your own. Here are a few tips.
Arms and hands
Fidgeting, crossed arms and fists indicate the interview might not be going as you’d like. More positive indicators include shoulders pointed towards you and hands that are animated or resting in the interviewer’s lap.
Head and face
If she maintains eye contact and tilts her head, it means she’s paying attention to what you’re saying. Frequently looking down or away from you might mean she’s ready for the interview to wrap up.