What you say and how you say it is critical during a job interview. However, what you don’t say out loud, but do say with your nonverbal communication is just as important.
Read below for some tips on how to make sure your body language/nonverbal communication style helps – or at least doesn’t hurt – your candidacy.
- As you enter the interview area, shake your interviewer’s hand firmly (but not too tightly).
- Make sure you look directly into the eyes of your interviewer. You don’t need to stare him/her down, but as the interviewer asks questions and as you answer, look the person in the eye. Don’t let your eyes become “shifty.”
- Sit straight in your chair; don’t slouch but don’t sit too straight. As you sit, relax your shoulders a bit. (Men in particular should not slouch or spread their legs.). In fact, aim to sit a bit on the edge of the chair’s seat.
- Let your arms hang relaxed by your side. It’s ok to use them to gesture, but don’t overdo it. Don’t twirl your hair, pick at lint, tap your foot or fingers, scratch (too much), and so on. In other words, don’t fidget.
- Make sure you dress professionally, in clean and pressed clothes. Keep your hair from your face (women) and nails trimmed and cleaned. Jewelry is OK, but keep it minimal.
- Don’t sit too far from or too close to the interviewer. Aim to sit no closer than three feet and no farther away than about nine feet.
- Smile. You don’t need to keep a smile plastered on your face continually, but don’t sit there with no expression and definitely don’t frown. Nod your head at various times as the interview speaks; this shows engagement.
- Notice the posture and expressions of your interviewer and aim to take some on as your own. This is called mirroring. For example, if your interviewer leans in while speaking, when you speak, lean in a bit. Studies have shown that this helps people feel connected to you in a positive way. Remember that this still is a job interview and that you need to present yourself in professional light, so if your interviewer is very casual and friendly, make sure you don’t overdo the casualness as you mirror him or her.
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