Body Language Tips - Job Interview
Whether you’re creating a video CV or attending an interview, your body language will have an enormous effect on how you’re perceived.
Here are some top tips to ensure your body language helps you to make the best impression.
Control Your Breathing
Try to breathe slowly and keep calm and relaxed, which will help your posture.
Pay Attention to Posture
Sit up straight and don’t slouch – this is a sign of confidence.
Use Hand Gestures
Use hand gestures and show your palms. This promotes a sense of honesty and trust.
Open Body Language
Smile and look straight into the camera as you speak. If you’re attending a job interview in person, walk into the room confidently, smile and shake hands with the interviewer(s). Thank them for taking the time to meet with you.
If you’re seated, keep both feet on the ground, and point your feet towards the camera, or towards the other person if interviewing in person. This indicates openness.
Don’t cross your legs, as this can make you seem defensive. Cross your ankles instead, if need be.
If you’re in an interview situation:
Make Eye Contact
This is the best way to show you’re paying attention and engaging with the situation. Of course this doesn’t mean stare blankly at your interviewer, but strive to hold eye contact for a few seconds at a time. Now, if you’re faced with the situation of 2 interviewers being present, engage in eye contact with the interviewer that asked the question, whilst occasionally making brief eye contact with the other.
Lean in slightly when being spoken to. This will show that you’re interested and engaged with what is being said.
Nod your head while listening. This will show that you’re engaged and paying attention.
Smile. Smile and nod where appropriate, and laugh when the interviewer does. You want to show you have a personality and you’re paying attention to what’s being said.
Don't Touch Your Face
People who touch their face or play with their hair excessively can be viewed as untrustworthy.
Use your hands - Subtly, of course. Touching your fingertips together suggests authority but, as with all things, use it in moderation.
Keep focused on the conversation and make sure you maintain an interested facial expression at all times.
You can quickly get on good terms with your interviewer by matching their positive body language. But do so sparingly and carefully, if you’re too bold you’re more likely to frighten the poor interviewer! Mirroring a nod or a subtle shift in posture can create common ground between two people, while matching a handshake is always a good equaliser.
When it comes to handshakes, always remember to stick to the middle ground. A handshake that’s too firm can indicate arrogance; a weak handshake can give the impression that you’re a pushover.