“A job interview is one of the most important meetings of your life. Realize that a job interview lasts for not more than an hour. During this time, you must convince your interviewer that you are the best candidate for the job. Your body language greatly affects the way the interviewer views you.”
There are several aspects that act as the “make-it or break-it concepts” of a job interview. The interview body language during an interview is one of the most important.
Your Body Language in an Interview
Preparation for a job interview is not only looking for the best answers to some tough interview questions. Facing a job interview consists of many factors. Here are some of the important points to consider regarding your body language during this time:
The interview is one of the most important meetings in one’s life and being nervous or apprehensive about an interview is only expected. However, make sure that any kind of nervousness or low confidence body language is not highlighted or communicated to the interviewer. It will not make a favorable impression.
2. Not too relaxed!
Of course, you should not appear overly relaxed, projecting an image of a person with a poor work-attitude.
A slouched posture or a bored expression is a sure shot factor that will put off the interviewer. A slouched individual comes across as a person who is lazy, or doesn’t care too much about life in general. While walking and standing, make sure that you stand straight and do not show any kind of lethargic body language.
4. Don’t Lose Eye Contact:
Eye contact is another important part of the job interview body language; a very tricky aspect. When it comes to eye contact, make sure that you hold the gaze of anyone who holds yours. But, your eye contact should not intimidate someone. Also, the proper eye contact varies, depending on the gender of the person who is being looked at. Never try to lose eye contact with someone who is speaking to you. Losing eye contact gives the idea that you are not confident about the conversation or in yourself. Avoid looking all around the room, or focusing on anything other than the interviewers.
Make sure that you do not place your elbows on the table in such a way that you appear to be resting your head on the table. This again is a position that is frowned upon in corporate meetings. In the same manner, do not put your hands under the tables as if you are hiding or fidgeting with something. If you are sitting in the interview room before the interviewer arrives, make sure that you do not slouch into the chair or sit with your legs crossed over each other. Your goal is to appear relaxed, yet dignified.
6. Before the interviewer arrives:
Where ever you are assigned to wait before your interviewer arrives, make sure that you are always calm and collected. You should not be in any private area of the room; clearly you may spend the time reading plaques and diplomas or periodicals. Clearly, the door could open at any unexpected moment, but it is also possible that you are under observation unbeknownst to you.
When it comes to social interaction, one of the most important aspects is a pleasant air about oneself. People should feel that you are a pleasant personality who is accessible to the right people at the right time. However, at the same time, the interviewer should not feel that you are immature or easy go lucky with your attitude towards life.
Although some of these interview body language points are psychological effects related to an individual’s personality, these may influence the interviewer decision toward you. Therefore, consider awareness and control of your body language to be one of the tasks of your job interview preparations.