Think you’re prepared for that upcoming interview? You may have thoroughly researched the company and industry, but there’s a lot more to an interview than dressing in your lucky suit and prepping for tough questions.
One of the most important things to consider while on an interview may be something you’re not even aware of—your body language. You’d be surprised to know what it says about you. Here are a few things to look out for:
1. Handshake. Be firm, but don’t break the interviewer’s hand either. A strong handshake tells your interviewer that you are confident in yourself and your abilities.
2. Eye contact. This may seem like common sense, but many people don’t look their interviewer in the eye. By maintaining eye contact, you make it clear that you are engaged and interested in the conversation. Also, it makes your responses more believable. Wandering eyes often signal discomfort, and interviewers may take them as a sign that you are being untruthful.
3. Posture. It’s important to sit up straight in your chair without being too rigid. Similarly, you should appear comfortable, but not overly relaxed. Here’s a tip. Try leaning forward a bit—it will prevent you appearing too stiff or relaxed, and you’ll appear to be engaged in the conversation.
4. Jitters. One of the biggest signs of nervousness is shaking--whether it’s bouncing your leg, wringing your hands, or tapping your pen. Pay extra attention to your body during interviews and try to avoid or minimize these distracting gestures as much as possible.
5. Hands. Don’t fold your arms across your chest during your interview. This position implies that you’re disinterested in the conversation or trying to close yourself off from the interviewer. Instead, try speaking with your hands to add expression and excitement to your story, to keep your audience engaged. Be sure not to overuse them, though. Large, swooping motions can distract your interviewer and take the focus away from your actual responses.
Posted by Anna M.