Effectively Using Your Body Language to Get The Job
Job interviews are stressful situations and as much as we’d like to hide it, our bodies are often the first ones to give us away. Experts say 75-90% of communication is non-verbal; this means 75-90% of the outcome of a job interview is based off of the way you’ve carried yourself. Your body language can be your biggest weakness or your greatest strength. In this article we will be giving you tips and tricks on how to efficiently use your body language to successfully pass a job interview.
First things first, your posture needs to be engaging to the person interviewing you. Sit straight; this will show interest in the person interviewing you and open them up to you. If you recline in your seat it will make you seem disengaged which doesn’t leave a good impression on the person interviewing you as they may feel disrespected.
Within the details such as your posture, it is also important to discuss the position of your arms and legs. Avoid crossing your arms and legs as this shows defensiveness and self-protection. By doing this and without realising, you are putting up a barrier between you and the interviewer. This is the opposite of what you want which is to form a positive connection in order to leave a positive imprint in their mind.
- Effective Eye-Contact
Eye-contact is a good way to create a good impression on the person interviewing you. This lets them know that you are present and actively listening to what is being said.
However, do not hold eye-contact for too long as that might seem like you’re either “creepy”, or entering into a power struggle with them.
An effective way to seem engaged without looking into the interviewer’s eyes for an uncomfortable amount of time is to switch from their eyes to their nose, lips or mouth every couple of seconds. You can also look elsewhere every once in a while, just make sure you don’t seem uninterested.
- Being Responsive
Being responsive to what is being said is crucial, everyone likes to know that when they are speaking, they are not only being listened to but also understood. This means when a question is asked, make sure you understand exactly what the interviewer means; don’t hesitate to clarify the question. Use hand gestures while you speak, this makes you look livelier. Hiding your hands can cause you to look too static and may cause distrust as it may look like you’re nervously trying to hide something.
Smiling and nodding your head are also key elements to think of while being interviewed, these signal openness; remember, the interviewer is looking to see if they’d like to work with you as a person.
Do not talk too fast as this may make you seem extremely stressed and may give the impression the person interviewing you that you cannot deal with pressure. Use deep breathing techniques and try to find a rhythm between talking too fast and too slow. Talking too fast may also prohibit the interviewer from understanding what you have to say at all; causing a bad impression simply because your message did not come across. On the opposite side, talking too slowly may cause the interviewer to drift away, which causes a bad impression as well.
Finally, your body language can tell the interviewer most of what they need to know about you. All of these tips will help you make the right impression on the person interviewing you, and help you stand out. Remember, practice makes perfect so it’s important you practise these newly acquired tips in order to internalise them. This will help you crush the interview and get the job of your dreams.