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Body Language Tips when interviewing

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Body Language tips

Body language in an interview can play a big part in making a positive impact and building rapport, so it’s important to get it right to ensure you come across the best you possibly can.  

You may think this sounds obvious but you’ll be surprised how many candidates get this wrong and come across like they aren’t interested in the role they are interviewing for. 

So buckle up and let’s go through our top tips on body language and how make a great impression when interviewing...

Make a great entrance

From getting out of the car to meeting the interviewer it is key that you look calm, confident and collected…. what we call the three Cs. You never know who can see you during this initial period, so you don’t want to be seen scrambling around for your portfolio or putting the finishing touches to your appearance. 

When you finally meet the person who will be interviewing you make sure you introduce yourself, shake the hand of the interviewer, but don’t break their hand, just a nice firm hand shake. Also, just an added bit of advice, have some questions up your sleeve just in case you have to take a trip in a lift to get to the room you are interviewing in... you don’t want that awkward silence in the lift and silence is not a good look. Something simple like “How was your weekend?” or “How’s you’re week going?”

Keep eye contact

By simply keeping eye contact shows that you are not intimidated and that you are taking everything in. It can also help with staying focussed and understanding questions that are asked. However, make sure you don’t enter into a stare off… by simply rotating from eyes, to lips, to nose offers a good balance of eye contact that will make you and the interviewer feel comfortable. 

Smile and nod

Being positive, enthusiastic and happy can really help build a quick rapport with the interviewer. By simply smiling and nodding when the interviewer is speaking can really help to show that you are listening intently and are interested in what they have to say. 

However, make sure you don’t over do these, you could end up looking insincere and a little bit like one of those nodding dogs you see in the back of a car, so make sure you strike a balance.

Don’t slouch

This is a key area to get right as it’s an integral part of your nonverbal conversation. There is a fine line between looking overly relaxed and overly confident. Most body language experts say that you should keep you back straight, the small of your back against the chair and lean in slightly. This demonstrates your interest and removes the risk of possible slouching, which can make you look like you can’t be bothered.  

Hands

Most people gesticulate when they are making a point, passionate or enthusiastic. This is absolutely fine to do but be careful about overdoing it. When talking show the palms of your hands, this signals honesty and engagement and will help make the interviewer quickly warm to you. 

Also, make sure you don’t cross you arms, which can make you look shut off and try not to touch your face, this can often be interpreted as lying. Yes that does seem a lot to think about but try and practice at work and with friends so it becomes second nature. 

Departing the interview

So the interview is almost over, yes ALMOST over. This is the final piece in the interview puzzle. The best thing to do is gather you belongings and get up from your chair calmly, so you don’t knock anything over or stumble. Remember all of the above, shake the hand of the interviewer/s and express your thanks for taking the time to meet you.

What next?

So you have read our tips and we hope you have found them useful. Remember all of these tips apply with any type of meeting not just interviews, so get practising and give yourself the best chance of coming across positively, interested and someone that people want to work with. 

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