Body Language Tips for Interview

In recent studies, it has been found that only 7% of the message is conveyed verbally, the rest 93% is conveyed through the tone of your voice and your body language.
Now that you know that your body language plays a very vital role in your selection in any interview, go through the following points and make sure that you keep these in mind when you are out there for an interview next time.

Make a Great First Impression

It has been found in various studies that the interviewer spots the right candidate in the very first 30 seconds. Now lets see what they actually see in these 30 seconds.

  1. Your Appearance
  2. Your Confidence
  3. Your Expression when you see the interviewer for the first time.

Impress the interviewer right at your entrance in to the interview room. Don't walk in pulling up your belt or readjusting your tie, while entering the room. Is is already assumed that you have done your home work and read about the company and have practiced well. So do not make small mistakes like not bringing a document holder for your interview etc. Walk straight, be energetic and do not look sleepy. Do not forget to have bath before going for the interview.

1. Have a firm handshake: Your handshake should reflect your confidence. The handshake should be firm and only firm. Do not crush his/her hand! A weak shake shows either lack of confidence or lack of interest. The handshake is often a litmus test right at the beginning that helps the employer to decide if you are fit for work or not. If you sweat a lot, Do not forget to carry a handkerchief and wipe your hands before entering the room.

2. Maintain eye contact: While talking to the interviewer look straight in to his eyes, it shows that you are confident and is true about whatever you are talking about. Do not look here and there while answering to his questions. Eye contact establishes rapport and conveys mutual understanding and attention.

Do not touch your face

Most of us have a habit of touching our own face a number of times, while talking to others. It has been found that an average person touches his/her face between 2000 to 3000 times. Infact, you would have touched your face a couple of times while reading this article. Almost all of us have the habit of touching our nose, our lips, and our forehead, but this gives a signal that we are either nervous or we are not being honest. Now that you know it is difficult to control this sub-consciously, you have to avoid touching your face during the interview.

Do not shake your leg

Shaking one's leg is another most common thing that is difficult to control. Even though it might be just a habit, but the message it conveys to the interviewer is that you are nervous. And this isn't something which an interviewer would look for in his future colleague.

Don't sit up too straight

Sit up straight, and lean slightly forward in your chair. In addition to projecting interest and engagement in the interaction, aligning your body's position to that of the interviewer's shows admiration and agreement.
But do not sit up too straight that it looks awkward and makes others uncomfortable around you.

Limit your Hand movements

People generally use their hands to express enthusiasm or convey what they are thinking effectively. It does help in elaborating things.But be careful, overdoing it can irritate someone, expecially when he is noticing your hands.
Try to keep you hands in the "Truth Plane" i.e. the area infront of your belly, a visual expression that communicates the right mix of composed, competent resolve and level-headed credibility.

Maintain Interest

When you sit down to talk, don’t slouch or lean back – both imply disinterest. Sit straight up and lean slightly towards your interviewer, suggesting respect and attentiveness. Be sure to nod occasionally, smile and leave your hands casually in your lap or resting on the arms of the chair. You an also try paying attention to your interviewer’s body language to make sure you are both on the same page.

Don’t be distracting

By playing with your hair, rubbing or scratching your skin, you may come off as nervous and untrustworthy. Likewise, don’t cross your arms or lean towards the exit – your interviewer might find you standoffish, distant, or disengaged. Keep the focus on the interviewer and what they are saying – people are naturally flattered by attention.

Remember to relax

Breathe, you’re almost there. Imagine yourself at once alert and at ease. Smile. You look great. Answer a couple more questions and ask a few of your own. Stress shows in your face and throughout your entire body. It’s very difficult to feign relaxation – you actually have to be relaxed. To do this, make sure you practice relaxation techniques regularly.

End Strong

Wrapping up? Stand up, smile, and shake hands after the interview is over. Be respectful and thank the other person for their time. Exchange the necessary pleasantries and leave slowly, chin up. There is a reason for expressions like “chin up” – our expressions and posture really do indicate important things.

Whether you get the job or not, at least you went in to the interview with style and grace, and communicated your intentions with confidence and professionalism. With a bit of luck, your body language will have been the icing on the cake. Your interviewer will remember you as a confident, assertive, friendly, and honest applicant – all the important things that get you the job.

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