Numerous studies have been carried out on the importance of body language at interview and many different percentiles have been quoted but there is no doubt that body language is hugely important throughout the interview process.
Here are some important tips:
- Don’t fiddle with your face or hair. It can convey dishonesty.
- Don’t shake your leg. Often people don’t realise they are doing this so be conscious of this during the interview. It conveys nervousness.
- Don’t rest your leg or ankle on top of your other knee. It looks far too relaxed and can give the interviewer the impression that you are overly confident or not taking the interview seriously.
- Don’t look downwards when answering a question. This gives the impression that you are struggling to provide real and relevant information and that you are not confident in your abilities.
- Don’t stare at the interviewer for lengthy periods. This is intimidating and invasive for the interviewer. Direct eye contact is very important but be sure to blink regularly and break contact every 10 seconds or so.
- Do lean forward slightly in your chair. It shows you are eager and enthusiastic.
- Do cross your ankles or place both feet flat on the floor. It shows composure and confidence.
- Do nod at appropriate times to convey mutual agreement but be careful not to overdo it, which appears insincere.
- Do remember to nod and smile sporadically throughout the interview. You may be quite nervous and in a serious frame of mind but a nod and/or smile is a great way to ease the intensity of the situation and enhances the connection with you and the interviewer.
- Do offer a firm handshake on meeting the interviewer and on leaving. Get the grip right, practice if you need to. An unnecessarily firm grip can seem a bit forced and aggressive. A limp handshake, however, is far worse and seems weak, insipid and insincere.
- Do believe in yourself. You have been called to interview because the employer thinks you are potentially the Right Fit for the role! How you feel on the inside will translate outwardly. Good Luck!