Body language tells the truth.
Body language in a job interview gives the interviewer a great deal of information that is not conveyed by the spoken word alone. It reveals whether the candidate is confident, goal-oriented, and focused – or indeed, whether the candidate might actually be bored, insecure, or nervous.
Body language is a type of nonverbal communication in which physical behaviors, as opposed to words, are used to express or convey information. Such behavior includes facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch, and the use of space.
Negative body language is either a conscious or unconscious expression of sadness, anger, nervousness, impatience, boredom, or lack of confidence. We can tell a lot about how a person is feeling through their body language.
According to a recent study, you get judged in the very first 7 seconds of your interview.
Employers are looking for unspoken clues in your face and body language and your eyes tend to give away a lot.
Body language accounts for a staggering 55% of your overall communication!
The importance of body language – is that it assists us in understanding and decoding what the person is saying. Body language also helps interpret other peoples’ moods and emotions.
You can also use body language in a positive way to add strength to your verbal messages.
Indeed, body language is far more important than the qualifications on your CV or the memorized answers you give to the interview questions.
Hence it is important to maintain good body language at job interviews because it often forms the basis of your perception and you can nail half the scores with good and positive body language.
Body language: interview dos:
Keep eye contact–
Establish eye contact upon meeting your interviewer to show that you are interested and engaged.
Maintaining eye contact means you are paying good attention to what is being talked about and it also shows a good level of engagement at the interview.
Do walk with confidence–
As soon as you walk into the building you’ll begin to be judged on your behavior.
It is very necessary for you to enter confidently since the recruiters even check with the reception about your body language.
A firm handshake–
Nothing builds a favorable impression in a job interview like a strong handshake and friendly greeting. The rules of handshakes are well-known but not always followed: Hold the handshake for two to three seconds, then let go.
A firm handshake makes them confident about your self-assured personality.
Sit up straight–
Keep your back straight (not too stiff) and maintain your posture in such a way that your legs are firmly placed.
Lean in towards the interviewer every now and then. This shows that you are engaged in the conversation.
Answers during an interview aren’t a competition or a race.
Hiring influencers are looking for someone who can think and speak under pressure, so give them your confidence, measured, best. Listen to the whole question, then answer briefly and completely.
Body language: interview dont’s:
Touching parts of your face while talking–
Touching your face a lot throughout the interview will also be distracting, and frequently touching areas such as your nose or ears can even be a sign of dishonesty.
Similarly, playing with your hair will make you appear overly nervous and even bored with the conversation.
A big Don’t is hiding hands in the pockets of our jacket or pants.
Also, avoid “sitting on your hip” or holding the arms behind the body.
An improper handshake–
The hand has no energy, there is no shake, no squeeze, not even a pinch, and it gives the feeling you are holding a dead fish instead of a hand.
This handshake is a synonym for low self-esteem.
Keep your posture perfect.
Always be aware of your body’s position. Slouching makes it difficult for you to breathe, so keep your spine straight, with your shoulders pulled back to avoid slumping.
Play with objects–
Be aware of any bad habits you have before your interview, and keep them in the back of your mind.
If you have a habit of clicking the pen repeatedly, adjusting your hair too often, and touching your nose all the time, then you should seriously practice some ways to stop these.
Be prepared– Prepare the possible questions – and their answers.
Do research– Research the organization.
Dressing– Figure out what to wear.
Practice– Practice your interview technique.
Think positive– Stay calm and confident.
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.
The above do’s and don’ts of body language during a job interview will give you a good idea of what to do and what not to. Following these body language tips can be sure to present the best version of yourself.