Even the most experienced, out-going and qualified candidates get nervous when it comes to the dreaded job interview. It’s not just important to say the right things, what your body language conveys can be just as important. Here are eight body-language tips from CareerBliss to improve your chances of landing the job.
Making good eye contact shows you are focused and paying attention to the interviewer. And no matter how off-the-wall a question or comment may be, avoid rolling your eyes.
A firm, but not aggressive, handshake conveys confidence. Remember it isn’t a strength contest, but your hand shouldn’t feel like a dead fish in the interviewer’s hand.
Don’t grasp onto anything like a bag or suitcase during the interview. Having your hand free to convey an open and honest body language will make you appear more competent and interested in the interview.
Cross your arms during the interview can come off as a sign of weakness. Be sure to keep your arms at your side.
It’s best to keep nervous habits like playing with your hair, adjusting your tie or fidgeting to a minimum. It is not only distracting to the interviewer, but it makes you seem anxious.
Mirroring the body language of interviewers can help build a closer connection with them and make you more memorable.
While nodding in agreement a couple times is acceptable, don’t overdo it.
Take the initiative to ease any potential strain that tends to exist during an interview, it will make the process easier for both you and the interviewer.
When it comes to conducting the perfect interview, sometimes what you don’t say leaves a more lasting impression that what you do say.