23 Dec Body Language

It’s just a job interview right? Well you try telling your nerves that! It’s no secret that they can cause a significant amount of anxiety with applicants spending time worrying about what they are going to say, only to screw it all up with their body language.

With less than 10% of communication coming from oral communication, how we move, how we sit and how we hold our bodies really does influence the impression you portray.

Slouching with your arms crossed can make you look defensive and uninterested. Improve your posture, sit up straight and lean slightly forward and you look like you’re paying attention. Sounds simple but it’s highly effective.

Body Language Dos and Don’ts

Do

  • Make eye contact – an essential component of body language and best practice in general, not just during an interview, is to maintain a good level of eye contact. It conveys confidence and trustworthiness.
  • Sit straight – having a good upright posture expresses confidence but also gives the interviewee a feeling of alertness and lets the interviewer know you are genuinely interested.
  • Lean in – shows you’re sincere. Leaning in slightly when the interviewer is making important or relevant points illustrates that you are paying attention and are interested in what is being said.
  • Copy – try to copy the body language of the interviewer making it easier for them to make a connection with you. Do not overdo it, but subtle copying goes a long way to building a rapport.

Don’t

  • Touch your face – scratching your nose or playing with your ear can give the impression you are lying.
  • Slouch – poor posture demonstrates a lack of interest and a possibly lazy applicant.
  • Fold your arms – body language that closes you up makes you appear defensive and may express that you are not confident or have something to hide.