What does your body language say to an interviewer?

Is your body language letting you down during job interviews? Believe it or not, you might be creating a strong impression about who you are and what you want from your career just by your posture or hand gestures! Make sure that your body language is in sync with the rest of your interview using our guide...

Top tips to keep your body language in check during a job interview

  • It's cliché, but the handshake counts for a lot. One study found that a first impression is based on 7% spoken words, 38% tone of voice and 55% body language. So smile, look them in the eye and grasp their hand firmly.
  • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer who is asking the question. During your answer, maintain eye contact with members in the panel (but don't go overboard, excess eye contact can get uncomfortable).
  • Smile and nod! Simple gestures like this can help to establish a connection.
  • Don't fold or cross your hands or arms. Rest your hands palm-down on your lap or the arm of the chair. That way you'll appear more open - and from these positions, it's easy to use gestures to support your words. Penting your fingers occasionally can make you appear measured and intelligent (but don't overdo it or you'll look like an evil genius).
  • Crossing your legs and wiggling one foot makes you appear nervous and uncomfortable. Sit up straight and slightly forward - men should try resting one foot on the ground and the other tucked under the chair with only the toe in contact with the ground. Women should try crossing their legs at the ankles and resting their knees slightly to the side. These positions appear comfortable but eager.

Remember, if the employer wants to interview you they've already assessed your skills and experience and believe that you could be a strong candidate for the job. So be confident and assured and your body language will reflect this. Think of the job interview as your chance to discuss your skills and abilities WITH the interviewer, rather than them assessing your skills and abilities.

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