Interview Body Language

Top 5 body language tips to use in an interview

Your body language in an interview is just as important as what you say in an interview, therefore it is very important that you are aware of the different ways in which interviewers will be assessing you.

We have huddled together our top 5 body language tips in this post to give you an idea about how you can carry yourself in a way that is professional and confident through your body language so you can give the right first impression in your interview.

They are:

  • Handshake
  • Eye contact
  • Keep posture strong
  • Lean Forward occasionally
  • Do not Fidget

1. Handshake

The 1st interaction with your future employer (Hopefully). It is not always possible to start with a handshake but when it is possible a handshake can be an easy way to start an interview in the right way. With it being the very first interaction you may have with your interviewer, it is commonly known that a good impression can be made by going in for a good firm handshake.

You find that most interviewers will instigate a handshake but by getting in there first you can show you are friendly and confident. Interviewers tend to like this approach as it is seen as a polite and positive way to introduce yourself.

2. Eye contact

Balance is key with eye contact and can be tricky to find. There are a few do’s and don’ts:

  • Don’t spend the entire interview looking in another direction but also, don’t stare at your interviewer persistently throughout.
  • Looking away can make you seem uninterested in what’s going on and the interviewer may feel as though you are not taking the interview seriously.
  • Constant eye contact can make the interviewer feel a little anxious and intimidated.
  • Difficult again, but if there is more than one colleague interviewing you, make sure you switch your eye contact between them to help the conversation flow more naturally.

3. Keep posture strong

The whole point of your interview is to make your interviewer aware that you are interested in the job and that you are interviewing for and that you are eager to learn more about it. It goes without saying that your posture is a huge part of this so make it count. Below are the main issues to think about with your posture:

  • Slouching back into your chair is another sign that you’re not taking the interview seriously and that you’re not really showing an interest in the job and what the interviewer has to say.
  • Something as simple as sitting upright and maintaining good posture is a good way to show your interviewer that you’re engaged and ready to start your interview. It’s can also be seen as a sign of maturity, intelligence, confidence and credibility.

4. Lean forward occasionally

  • Don’t sit like a robot throughout.
  • Leaning in occasionally shows your interviewer you are interested and engaged.
  • Maintain a good distance between you and the interviewer
  • Alter your movement ever so slightly so you are demonstrating that you are focused and paying full attention to the interview.
  • Leaning forward gives the impression off a relaxed yet professional manner and the interviewer will feel much more at ease undoubtedly.

5. Do not fidget

If you’ve got a bad habit for being restless, it can be quite hard to keep under control. The list below may help you:

  • Make a conscious effort to refrain from anything that may be a distraction such as hair twirling, nail biting, leg tapping etc.
  • Doing things like this frequently during your interview may cause the interviewer to focus more on them rather than what you’re actually saying. It will also highlight your nerves and can generally be considered impolite.

It is important to take some time before your interview to think about the way you hold yourself, because your body language has a large impact on how you will come across to your interviewer. It will be time well spent 🙂

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