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Body Language Tips for Job Interview

Body language is the most important non-verbal mode of communication and can have substantial bearing on how you are perceived. That’s right, you’re being judged even before you’ve uttered your first word, which means you have to be mindful of it right from the moment you enter the interview room.

It is well known facts that appearance counts during interviews and it is not only how you dress, but also how you carry yourself. Any incorrect signal can reduce your chances of success even if your replies to questions are perfect.

Take a note of below tips on body language to make a good impression

Preparation before the Interview

Exhibit your confidence even before the interview starts. During the waiting period at the interviewer’s premises maintain good posture while standing and sitting.

When you sit down to wait, place your briefcase or purse to the left side of your chair as this will reduce awkwardness when you have to shake the interviewer's hand, and grab your personal items.

The Interview Kick-Off: walking in and the handshake

Work on your walk. Interviewers often make a hiring judgment within the first 10 seconds of meeting you and how you walk into the room is a part of that judgment.

Walk directly toward the person you are meeting with every body part pointing in his direction, maintaining eye contact with occasional breaks to the side. The only time you come in physical contact with the interviewer is during handshake so make it count.

The handshake should be firm but do not try to press the other person hand while also do not keep it soft and don’t miss the eye contact and smile.

During the Interview

All the while the interview is on you would be judged for your body language throughout the conversation on how you listen and respond.

Keep these body language tips in mind:

Sitting posture

First and foremost rule is “No slumping”. Keep your back straight. Lean forward slightly to indicate interest. Do not recline back into the chair fully and as this can make you seem bored or disengaged. Don’t sit with firmly grasping your fists in your lap but also don’t give that casual, not really bothered attitude. Do not place anything in your lap or sit with your arms crossed as this indicates that you are being defensive.

Note:If you're offered a choice of seating, opt for the straight-backed chair — plush, cushioned chairs and couches may be comfy, but it's hard to sit gracefully within them.

Avoid crossing your legs

All experts advise against sitting with crossed legs. In a long interview, you might need to re-cross them because your leg is falling asleep. This could come across as fidgeting.

Avoid restless habits

If you are a nail-biter, knuckle cracker, hair twirler, or leg tapper, don't allow these habits to make an appearance during the interview. All such habit are considered unprofessional and impolite.

Eye Contact

Eye contact during interview is very vital to show your interest and attention. If you’re faced with more than one interviewer, be sure to make eye contact with all of them. Address the person who asked the question, then hold eye contact with the other interviewer for a few seconds, before returning your attention to the first interviewer.

Avoid constant eye contact as it would be disconcerting and aggressive. At the same time, avoiding eye contact entirely comes across as untrustworthy and distant and it could make it seem like your answers are dishonest.

Use your hands

If you are natural in talking with your hands then use it during interview as avoiding natural hand movements may lead to an uncooperative appearance. In general touching fingertips together suggests authority but should be used in moderation. There has to be a balance and harmony between your hand movements and your words. Avoid clenching your fists or waving your hands around to stress upon a point as it reflects nervousness and unpredictability on your part.

Nod your head while listening.

Nodding head while listening shows that you are paying attention to the conversation and it also complements your eye and face contact. Nod your head occasionally to let them know you are enjoying and understanding what is being discussed.

Lean in

Leaning in is a natural thing to do when you're engaged in a conversation as it demonstrates interest. An easy way to do is to keep your chest high and your shoulders back and down while leaning slightly forward.

Avoid touching your face

Avoid rubbing your head or neck, as it can give the impression of being bored or disinterested. Also do not play with your hairs or excessively touch or rub your nose as it will indicate dishonesty and untrustworthiness. Keep your shoulders relaxed and facing the interviewer to ensure they’re always involved in what you’re saying.

And lastly don’t forget to smile

It goes without saying that you should listen attentively and try not to interrupt and do smile on the appropriate moments during the course of conversation.