We all know that folded arms and a scowling face speak volumes about how we’re feeling and we would never go into a job interview looking daggers.
Clearly, interviewees should smile and appear engaged and interested. But beyond these obvious pointers, what else can you, as a candidate, do to improve your chances of success?
It’s here that body language can play a part. Using proven techniques to come across well to the interview panel could make all the difference – the difference between landing that dream job, or going back to the job-seeking drawing board.
Ten top tips for using body language in interviews
1. Make eye contact. This can be tricky if there is more than one interviewer, so make sure you alternate between the panel members. Don’t stare blankly, but hold their gaze for a few moments at a time. Always try to make eye contact with the person who is speaking to you.
2. Sit up straight, and walk tall – no slouching! When you’re sitting, lean slightly towards the person talking to you, as this helps demonstrate you’re interested in what they have to say.
3. Keep your hands open and palms up – but avoid looking like you are meditating! This gives the impression of openness and honesty. By contrast, folded arms and clenched fists make you appear uptight and nervous – which you may well be, but don’t give that away to the interviewer!
4. Don’t touch your face, fiddle with your hair, or rub your head and neck. It makes you appear fidgety and bored. Keep your posture relaxed (but no slouching – see above!) Turn your body to face the interviewer or person who is speaking.
5. Do smile and do laugh where appropriate. It shows you have a good sense of humour, are engaged and interested. Keep your tone of voice light but confident: too quiet and you will appear timid; but too loud and you’ll appear to be overly dominant.
6. Don’t fidget. Keep you feet and legs still, and sit quietly. No leg jiggling!
7. Practice your handshake. You want a firm handshake, but not too firm.
8. Match your body language to what the interviewer is saying – it shows you are paying attention.
9. Be respectful, positive and friendly. Make a great first impression when you walk in the room, and make an equally good impressive with a polite goodbye.
10. Keep up the positive body language right from the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave reception and are a distance away.
Do all that, and you could well improve your chances of success. If you’re currently job seeking, why not get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing to see how we can help you land that dream job.