When it comes time to prepare for your job interview, we have discussed potential questions to prepare for, and language you should avoid. There is another important aspect to consider when it comes time for a face-to-face meeting: body language.
Whether meeting virtually, or in person, make sure you project confidence and interest. It is vital to your success.
So, let us chat about body language, and what you should keep in mind during your next job interview!
You have likely heard the phrase, “actions speak louder than words” and this is no exception when it comes to job interviews. Just as you should pay close attention to the way you are speaking, and the words you choose, your body language speaks volumes.
According to this MindTools article, Body Language: Beyond Words – How to Read Unspoken Signals, 7% of a message is conveyed with words, and 93% is from nonverbal communication. Coming from Mehrabian’s Communication Model, body language plays an important role in our ability to communicate effectively. While this study dealt with communication involving emotions and attitudes, we can all agree that when we cannot see people, it can be difficult to understand messages clearly. This often leads to misinterpretation. Therefore, pay close attention to the message your body language is conveying to your potential employer.
Check your posture
Confidence is key. Even if you must fake it! Stand tall when entering the room for your interview, greet everyone with a smile, shake hands firmly, and once seated, be sure to sit up straight. We spend many hours hunched over our computer or phone, so checking in with your posture is important to convey not only your confidence, but also your interest in the position.
Watch your hands
We understand that many of you are hand talkers. This is completely fine! If talking with your hands comes naturally, it is best not to stifle this. However, when you are not speaking, keep your hands in a neutral position either in your lap, or on the table or desk in front of you. Try your best not to fidget with papers, do not click a pen, or do any other actions with your hands that the interviewer will find distracting.
Maintain natural eye contact
One of the easiest ways to show enthusiasm, listening, and interest, is to make eye contact with your interviewers. Be sure to keep it natural, and do not stare at them for the entirety of the interview. It is important to make eye contact when answering questions, or when listening to what the interviewer is saying. It is also natural to gaze down or briefly around the room when contemplating your answers. Eye contact builds connection, which is important, especially during a job interview.
Even when sitting quietly, you can use your body language to convey that you are listening and understanding. For example, nodding your head, leaning forward, and smiling are all examples of nonverbal communication that you can use throughout the job interview. These subtle, but effective, forms of communication show that you are engaged, and demonstrate that you are an active listener.
Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, plays an essential role in the job interview process. We suggest practicing before your interview so that you feel confident and comfortable.
If you have questions or would like to chat with us more, contact our team today!