We all know how important it is to say the right things during a job interview. We are evaluated by the way we speak and the words we choose. But that’s not all we’re being evaluated on. Your interview body language could be as important as your vocal abilities. Body language gives great insight into how one is thinking and feeling. At times, we might not say exactly what we mean, but the true meaning can often be deciphered through body language.
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In a job interview, body language can be your best friend or – your worst enemy. If you’re slumped and sagging in your seat, for instance, you may appear to be unenthusiastic or uninterested. If you’re fidgeting or avoiding eye contact, you may look like you’re unsure. On the other hand, confident body language can make a great impression on your interviewer.
So what exactly should your interview body language be? What are some things you should do and some things you should avoid? Sit up straight, make eye contact with your computer screen and let’s take a look at what constitutes successful job interview body language.
Interview Body Language Do's and Don'ts
- Touching your face: This makes you appear as if you are nervous.
- Leaning back in your chair: "The worst body language in an interview," says Pierre Tremblay, director of human resources at Dupray. "It shows a real carelessness and cockiness."
- Excessive gesturing: Moderate hand gestures, such as placing fingertips together while speaking, are acceptable; if it feels like you're gesturing too much, you probably are. Practice not using gestures, or tempering your hand movements, while you speak.
- Avoiding eye contact: Looking down or somewhere over the interviewer's shoulder might appear as if you're bored or impatient. Learn to look at a person's eyes or other points of the face. Again, practice.