Body Language plays an integral part at a job interview. Everything from your handshake, eye contact, and even the body postures when you are sitting can reveal a lot about you and your personality to the hiring manager sitting across from you.
Here are some of the important body language tips that will help you get the desired job opportunities you are looking for:
1. Eye Contact
Eye Contact helps you to build a personal connection with the interviewer. It is especially important when you are having a face to face discussion in speaking or answering a question. Having an eye contact ensures that you are confident, listening and engaged. However, make sure that you strike a right balance with breaks in between the eye contact.
The handshake is a professional point of contact, so it is important to keep this aspect in mind during a job discussion. To show yourself as a confident professional, make sure that your handshake is firm but not overpowering. On the other end, if your handshake is limp like a dead fish, the interviewer may sense that you lack confidence and interest.
3. Facial Expressions
No matter what you say, if your facial expressions do not match with the message you are conveying, it will not work going forward. For example, at the time of the first handshake at the job interview, exhibit a smile that conveys that you are greeting a person.
The way you sit can impact how others want to communicate with you. If you are leaning back and sitting in a relaxed posture you may leave the hiring manager thinking you are laidback in your attitude and not serious about the discussion. It is advised to sit straight up on the chair with a slight lean forward to express that you are interested and engaged at the same time.
5. Excessive Nodding is a Big No
It is important to communicate agreement and understanding, but excessive nodding of the head is a big no. One or two nods with a pleasant smile are all you need. It is advised to keep a close watch on your actions during the course of an interview.