Good interview body language can make all the difference between bagging your dream job or heading back to the job advertisements.
It doesn’t matter where or what you’re interviewing for–residential mortgage broker, life insurance salesman or junior stockbroker–your interview body language could make or break your interview. Perhaps that seems harsh, but take into account that 55% of all communication is nonverbal, as well as the simple fact that your interviewer doesn’t have a great deal of time to form an impression, and it’s easy to see why even the smallest body language details can make a big difference. Yes, interview body language really is of the utmost importance, but don’t worry, this check list of good interview body language will give you the advantage you need.
Good Interview body Language Checklist
Many hiring managers claim to be able to spot a potential candidate in under thirty seconds, so make absolutely certain that their very first impression of you is a good one. Give yourself a once over long before the interview so you’re not worried about your clothing or hair once the interview begins.
Practice your handshake. Click here for Full Guide to Handshakes, or just be aware that the best handshake is dry and firm but not painful. And be sure to look them in the eye when you say “Hello.”
Fidgeting is a big no-no. leave your hair and face alone, don’t rock in your seat, don’t tap your feet, don’t drum your fingers.. These are signs of insecurity and impatience, so avoid them at all costs.
Good Interview Body Language: The Do NOTS
Make sure to avoid these mistakes of body language during the interview, right until you are out of the building
- Do not touch your neck or your nose, mouth or eyes. The first suggests insecurity, the latter three are signs that you are hiding something.
- Do not fold your arms over your chest or you will look protective
- Do not cross your legs.
- Do not lean towards the door or point your feet or belly button towards it. This indicates that you would like to leave.
- Do not slouch.
- Do not stare blankly into space.
Good interview Body Language DOs
- Do use relaxed and deep breathing. We are subconsciously very aware of other people’s breathing. By breathing in a relaxed way you will show confidence and composure.
- Do sit straight, slightly leaning forward, with your chin in a neutral position (not pointing up or down) and with both feet level in front of you. This will make you appear a) engaged b) interested and c) confident.
- Do nod occasionally to show that you are listening and understanding.
- Do leave a comfortable amount of personal space between yourself and your interviewer.
- Do show interest and acknowledgement of both your interviewers (if you have more than one)
- Do be aware that you may be interrupted as business is operating as usual for the company. Remain neutral if interrupted, unless the interviewer motions to you, in which case give a polite nod.
Be certain to leave as good a last impression as you did a first impression. Look pleased to have met your interviewer (they are people after all and appreciate signs of being liked) and give another good handshake. Do not relax completely until you are out of the building and in the car / cab.
More Good Interview body language Tips
Memorise the list above so you know it off by heart and can catch any mistake you make before they become an issue.
Get a friend or family member to give you a rehearsal. Give them the list above so they can see what you’re doing right and wrong.
Have all your answers planned in your head before hand.
Big Tip: Have in your mind some memory or mental picture that relaxes you. Think about this a few minutes before the scheduled interview time, it will put you in the right frame of mind for success.
Enjoy your new job!