Body language refers to nonverbal communication through physical behaviours. These behaviours can include facial expressions, gestures and posture.
At a job interview, body language can be more important than what is spoken. Sitting slouched, a rolling of the eye, or a weak handshake can sabotage the entire interview, leaving you without the job you coveted. Here are some important things to consider:
- Greet modestly with a firm handshake
- Take a seat where offered by the interviewer- do not slouch- but do settle in to a comfortable spot
- Don’t form body barriers like folding your arms across your chest- this conveys to the interviewer that you are anxious and often signals hostility
- Open your chest and have a straight back- good posture ensures that your interviewer is made aware of your confidence
- Stay focused. Maintain strong eye contact with your interviewer
- Sit Still. Try not to fidget and move around. Use moderate hand gestures. Using your hands to gesture during an interview shows confidence- but don’t overdo it!
- Thank the interviewer for their time and exit with a firm handshake
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