TIP 6: Body language
You communicate with more than words in a job interview. Non-verbal communication or body language accounts for the biggest part of the message you are sending in your job interview!
Kadanz has some pointers for you on how to effectively let your body do the talking in an interview.
- Sit all the way back in your seat.
Sit firmly and lean your back straight against the chair. It's an automatic signal of assurance and confidence;
- Don't go for direct eye contact. Go for "direct face contact".
A more effective way to ensure you look interested and engaged is to look at different parts of someone's face;
- Smile from time to time.
Most people when they're under pressure, don't smile, and appear nervous and lacking in confidence. It's amazing how something as simple as a smile can project confidence even if you're a nervous wreck;
- Use hand gestures while speaking.
If you're not sure what to do with your hands, go ahead and gesture while speaking. Keeping your hands hidden can be misinterpreted as distrustful behavior;
- Plant your feet on the ground. We recommend keeping feet firmly on the ground.
Women should never cross at the knees, but rather the ankles;
- Work on your walk.
Interviewers often make a hiring judgment within the first 10 seconds of meeting you. How you walk into the room is a part of that judgment;
- Nod your head while listening.
Aside from keeping eye and face contact, nodding your head while listening is an additional way to show attentiveness.
- Lean in.
Leaning in is a natural thing to do when you're engaged in a conversation, leaning slightly forward demonstrates interest.
Nonverbal communication makes up a large part of our communication. Therefore body language will determine to a large extent the impression you will leave behind after a job interview.
Next week we talk about ‘Interview Etiquette’. Have a great day!