Your body language can have a significant impact on how you’re perceived, and so you have to be aware of it from the moment you step through the door for your personal interview. That’s right, you’re being judged even before you’ve uttered your first word. So, let’s see what your body language reveals about you in an interview.
Making the right amount of eye contact in an interview can make the difference in whether you successfully bag the job. The eyes become the window into your interest level, confidence, and professionalism during an interview. When you establish good eye contact, you’ll feel heard and appear likable. Looking down at your shoes or focusing on the table are actions that can convey a lack of confidence and nervousness. Making eye contact, on the other hand, sends the message that you are prepared to answer and ask questions regarding your skills, previous employment, and experiences. In short making, good eye contact conveys that you are confident, honest, mannered, trustworthy and a person who is really interested in the job.
Often, your tone of voice says more than your words do. You can say that you know how to perform the job duties, but if it doesn’t sound like you do, the hiring manager won’t be impressed. If you talk too fast you can be considered as one who is nervous. If your tone projects apology, you can come across as a person who lacks confidence. Try to make changes in your pitch else you can sound monotone and the other person would not find it engaging.
Too much nodding
Some of us bobble our heads too much. Doing so in an interview is not advised. It is considered fine to nod your head at times during the interview but nodding in every situation implies that you are not interested or you just want to please the other person hence accepting to whatever he/she says. The interviewer can lose his/her trust on you if you bobble too often. You can tilt your head slightly to the side to show you are engaged and listening.
There are certainly other things that some of us are habituated to do while talking like flaring arms while talking, twirling hair, playing with a pen in hand, biting nails, back and forth on a chair and thumping their feet. All these denote that you are distracted and bored. A company would never like to hire an employee who appears doubtful, distracted and impatient. Certain other things like touching your nose, lips or face while talking also give the impression that you are nervous, untrustworthy and lack confidence. So, try to avoid them as much as you can.
While a genuine smile has a host of benefits during an interview it’s vital that you don’t force it. The interviewer may feel uncomfortable by a false smile and you could come across as insincere. If you are too serious you probably make the environment negative and offish. Relax and keep your smile natural.
There is no defined rule for body language, but it would be wise to avoid any chance of being misinterpreted.
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