Positive Body Language For The Interview
You’ve done everything you can think of to get ready for the big interview. You’re dressed in your best, your CV and cover letter is updated and optimized, you’ve researched the company and have your talking points down pat, and you’ve even rehearsed with a friend. But there’s one thing you probably haven’t considered, and it’s an important factor. Your body language.
Almost every movement you make sends a subconscious signal to those around you. It can be positive or negative. Learning the fundamentals of positive body language can make all the difference in the interview.
The Basics Of Positive Body Language
First impressions. They really are the most important, and a bad one can be hard to recover from. Always greet someone with a sincere smile and a firm handshake, not too loose or too hard. People really do notice the difference.
Watch your posture. Standing straight and erect, though not stiffly, sends a message of confidence and self-assurance. The same with sitting, try to remember not to slouch or slump, back straight, shoulders up.
Place your feet correctly. When you’re sitting, your feet should be in front of you and flat on the ground. However, it’s alright to cross your ankles if you like.
Pay attention to your hands. If you are constantly moving your hands about, wringing them or just picking at things, it sends a message that you might be untrustworthy and sneaky. It’s best to keep them below the level of your shoulders and always in plain sight.
Maintain eye contact. Looking a person in the eye when you’re speaking to them tells them that you’re paying attention, and what they have to say is important to you. You don’t have to stare, it’s ok to glance away occasionally, but maintaining eye contact most of the time is important.
Appearance and preparation are the most important elements to consider before any interview, but don't forget that your body language is a fundamental part of the whole.