The role of body language during a job interview can signify whether you will be successful in your job pursuit or not. If you want to impress your potential employer, your non-verbal communication must be on point.
Before you enter the interview room, it is largely assumed that you will have adequately prepared for the interview in question. Some of the things you are expected to be aware of prior to the interview include information about the company, your goals, and skills you can bring to the position. Providing the best possible impression during a grueling interviewing process can help you clinch the job in question. Body language is fundamental to any interview process. You must project confidence and respect, not through words alone, but also subtly through your body language. Here are handy tips on body language that you should employ if you are looking to get your dream job.
Once you enter the interview room and you’ve already exchanged greetings with the interviewer, then it’s crucial that you maintain a good posture once you are seated. Sitting upright is highly suggested as it indicates that you are feeling comfortable and confident. Hunching down simply indicates that you are nervous or are suffering from low self-esteem. Additionally, a sloppy posture gives the impression that you are a careless person. There plenty of other wrong posture positions that can send negative impressions to the employer. The bottom-line is you must maintain an upright posture, but to the point where you look stiff.
Your arms or hands movements and positioning can indicate whether you are nervous or confident. The general rule of the thumb is to put your hands on your lap or loosely clasped on the table if you want to appear calm or confident. Some of the hands or arm positionings that you should avoid include: fiddling with your face or hair (shows how nervous or anxious you are), putting arms above the neck (shows your uncertainty), touching your lips (shows you are lying), touching your nose (projects the image that you are insincere), and folding arms across your chest (indicates that you are defensive or have something to hide). Not only can these hand positions be distracting, but it also leaves a negative impression. The safest choice is to simply keep your hands in the aforementioned places and avoid movements.
Eye contact is another important part of body language. Generally, it is pertinent that you maintain direct eye with the interview as it indicates attentiveness and importance. However, maintaining eye contact does not mean that you should stare aggressively at the interviewer. Ideally, you should maintain eye content, but also periodically look elsewhere so that the interviewer doesn’t feel that you are staring him/her down. Failure to establish eye contact with your interviewer will send a negative impression. Be natural and talk to the interviewer as if you are simply having an important conversation with a colleague.
Ideally, you should speak in a controlled voice that is clear, calm, and strong. This projects an impression that you are confident. Speaking in a high or low pitch can indicate that you are nervous or anxious. Additionally, your voice should be devoid of emotion. You shouldn’t mumble, stutter, or sound repetitive.
If you maintain strong body language throughout the interview, then you will be one step closer to getting the job offer.