BODY LANGUAGE FOR INTERVIEWS
Body language is very important while giving interview.
Though you may be nervous and your heart has sunk into
your shoes but what you cant risk is showing it by your
body movements. Also you might be smartly dressed and
looking confident but your body could still let you
down. So carefully follow the body languages listed
below and we guarantee you, you will give the right
signal to the interviewer.
1. An equal handshake Your handshake should be strong
and confident. If you can match the interviewer's grip
it avoids any dominant/submissive vibes.
2. Relax and be at ease The way you sit conveys a lot
of subtle information to the people on the other side
of the desk. So sit straight and take a moment to be
comfortable. If you look relaxed, it'll encourage your
interviewer/s to feel at ease in your company.
3. Maintain eye contact Keep it true and steady, but
remember to blink. Make sure that your gaze doesn't
drop below eye level. Don't keep turning your attention
to the floor or the ceiling. It might be a blank canvas
for your thoughts, but it appears as if you're evading
4. Steer your body If you are wearing a short skirt
then crossing your legs is fine, but the best position
is to 'point' at the interviewer with your knees or
your feet. This shows that you're focused right in on
5. Use your hands Be physically expressive when you
speak and use your hands to roll out your answers or
give shape to your ideas. This is also a good way to
6. Be open Folding your arms across your chest conveys
a nervous, negative and even aggressive attitude. Therefore
be open in both body and mind.
Your actions speak volumes as to what is going on in
your mind. The way you sit, stand, move around all show
as to whether you are nervous, confused, scared or confident.
Look at the following chart below and find out more
about your body language.
tall, erect and briskly = Confidence
with hands on hips = Readiness, aggression
with hands in pockets, shoulders hunched = Dejection
clasped behind back = Anger, frustration, apprehension
with legs crossed, foot kicking slightly = Boredom
with arms crossed on chest = Defensiveness
Sitting with hands clasped behind head, legs
crossed = Confidence, superiority
nails = Nervousness
slightly rubbing nose = Rejection, doubt, lying
chin = Trying to make a decision
or tugging at ear = Indecision
hair = Lack of self confidence, insecurity
hands = Anticipation
bridge of nose, eyes closed = Negative evaluation
head = Interest
palm = Sincerity, openness, innocence
or drumming fingers = Impatience