5 Highly Effective Body Language Tips for Interviewing
Interviewing can be stressful. You really want to think about the entire process from start to finish, not only when the first question is asked during the interview. There are some things you should really consider to put your best foot forward and take advantage of every opportunity to shine. You were brought in because they believe you have the skills and knowledge.
During an interview we tend to be very focused on what we say and may overlook nonverbal communication which includes things like cues, gestures, facial expressions, posture, eye contact, and use of space. Body language is generally about 70% of communication although opinions on that do vary from a cultural perspective. Here are 5 tips for nonverbal communication when preparing for an interview.
Your Walk and Initial Handshake. The interview starts when you walk through the door. It’s important to walk tall, confidently and be aware of your posture with your shoulders back when you walk into the company and the interview room. Practicing may seem silly but it can help. Walking tall should also increase your confidence. Keep your eyes forward and make eye contact with that initial handshake.
Good Posture. Maintaining your posture and sitting back in the chair conveys confidence. Slouching is not a good idea however periodically you should move forward in your seat which brings me to do the next tip.
Lean Forward. During the interview, you want to make sure you convey that you are interested and engaged in the discussion. Leaning in at times during the conversation helps to communicate your interest. Your prospective employer wants to know you will be engaged with the work as well as your potential coworkers. Appropriate body language is a good indicator of future behavior.
Breathe and display Energy. Be conscious of your breathing. We tend to forget to breathe properly when we are anxious but breathing properly will actually help alleviate some of that anxiety. Keep in mind, some nervous energy is actually good, it helps keep our adrenaline going. Use that energy to communicate you are excited about the role and the company.
Strong Close. Be sure to stand straight when the interview is over and firmly shake the hands of your interviewer(s) while you thank them for the opportunity. Be aware of your walk when you exit the room.
Walk tall, be confident, be yourself and take advantage of every opportunity to showcase your talents.