You can say all the right things at a job interview, but your body language might be telling the interviewer a different story. Body language and tone of voice can expose your true feelings, so it is important to take control of your body language. Here are 5 body language tips to help you nail your next job interview.
- Have good posture. Having good posture shows you have confidence. Slouching can come off as messy, lazy, and even disrespectful. Sit up straight but not too straight because you want to come off as comfortable instead of stiff. To have natural, good posture, relax, take a deep breath, and sit firmly with your back straight against the chair and your feet planted on the floor.
- Suppress nervous habits. During an interview, you want to come off as confident and professional. Restless habits can give you away and you will appear unprofessional and nervous. Fight the urge to bite your nails, fidget, touch your face, crack your knuckles, or twirl your hair during an interview.
- Know where to look. Maintaining eye direct eye contact is a good thing, however, too much eye contact can be uncomfortable. You don’t want to stare at the interviewer, that can be awkward. Instead stay engaged without staring, by looking at different parts of the interviewer’s face. For example, rotate from their eyes to nose, to the forehead. If there are two or more interviewers, engage with everyone in the room.
- Use your hands. During an interview, don’t be afraid to talk with your hands especially if you are a natural hand talker. Stopping the natural hand gestures might come off as awkward. Just don’t let your hand gestures distract from your words.
- Have good distance. You don’t want to sit too close or too far away from the interviewer. Sitting too close can be intimidating and uncomfortable for the interviewer. Sitting too far away can show nervousness and distrust. Stay at a comfortable distance from the interviewer and slightly lean in to show you are engaged in the conversation.