Interviews can be one of the most nerve racking experiences in your career, some might even say life. Whilst first impressions can be important, your body language during the interview can make or break your overall performance. With experts saying that between 75-90% of communication is non-verbal, it is important to think about what your body is saying about you during an interview. Below are a few tips on making sure you are sending the right message:
- Maintain eye contact. This shouldn’t be confused with staring, but make sure that you look at the interviewer whilst talking. It can be hard to keep eye contact when you are nervous, but looking away whilst talking may look like you are insecure.
- Make sure you keep a good posture. Leaning too far forward can be seen as aggressive and leaning too far back is a sign that you are lazy. The best thing to do is try and adopt a neutral posture so sit up straight!
- Avoid fidgeting. It may be tempting when nervous to fidget, whether it be playing with a pen or twiddling your thumbs, try and avoid this. Studies have shown that employers are less likely to hire you if you fidget as it is a sign of under preparation and a lack of confidence.
- Try not to touch your face. While it is a fact that on average we touch our faces between 2-4 times a minute, it is best to avoid this during an interview. Touching your nose can make you appear dishonest, whilst touching your forehead may make you appear nervous.
- Avoid crossing your arms. Doing this makes you seem defensive and can give the impression of resistance. It is better to keep your arms at your side or place them on your lap when seated.
Body language and the way you present yourself in an interview says a lot about you to the interviewer. Having said this, you can adopt great body language but if you don’t verbally communicate well or answer the questions properly, you won’t get the job!