Your body language can tell another person what kind of person you are, your emotions, and state of mind. An employer would be looking for a confident and competent employee. Thus, you should know and learn the posture to maintain, movements to impress, and gestures to avoid during the interview.
Postures You Must Maintain
Never slouch! Either in sitting or standing, slouching would give the impression of laziness or lack of confidence. Do not sit at the edge of the chair, this would mean that you are too nervous or tense. Simply relax into your chair, and place your hands on your lap. Crossing the legs is not really advisable, but nonetheless it is fine, as long as the direction of your body is towards the interviewer.
Movements To Impress
You can show your interest and confidence through handshakes, and you can give a good first impression as well. However, there are times wherein initiating the handshake would make you appear overconfident. When you shake hands, make sure you make eye contact, but not longer than three seconds. Your palm should be able to touch the palm of your interviewer. Extend your arm and point your hand downwards.
Eye contact is important in a job interview. This shows that you are honest, sincere, and confident. The lack of eye contact may mean that you are lying or being uncomfortable.
When responding, make use of your hands. Showing your palm when explaining something indicates that you are being relaxed, honest, and confident. The interviewer will think that you know what you are talking about. If you want to emphasize something, you can do it with a clenched fist; but this is not an advisable gesture during an interview.
You can show interest and that you are listening attentively to your interviewer through head movements. Nodding is a reinforcement that you understood or agreed to what he or she said. Even though there are ideas that you would like to oppose to, nodding is still preferable rather than arguing. The latter might be the reason why you cannot get the job.
Gestures You Must Avoid
Avoid putting your hands into your pockets. This can emphasize your nervousness, or can give your interviewer that you may be hiding something from him, or you are uninterested to get the job. You can use hand movements when talking, however do not use them frequently. Excess movements can distract your interviewer from listening to your responses.
Another gesture you must avoid is frequent eye movement. Avoiding the interviewer’s eyes will make him think that you are not listening or getting bored and uninterested. This may also give the impression that you are the type of person who is easily distracted, a weakness that could make you unqualified for the job.
Better Safe Than Sorry
Body language does not necessarily show what you intend to convey or really feel. But it is an advantage that you know the gestures you must use or avoid during a job interview to give a good impression for the words that you long to hear: “Congratulations. You are hired!”
Read People By Their Body Language
The art of body language is that you can read other people by determining their feelings, emotions, and subconscious state of mind. Each body gesture and movement have a particular meaning depending on the event, place, and the people involved. Therefore, even without words spoken, the body can thoroughly deliver a message to another person.
Look Into Their Eyes
The eyes can truly speak volumes. When you are lying, your eyes can betray you by sending a signal of dishonesty. The eyes will reflect one’s honesty and sincerity if there is maintenance of eye contact. You can tell if someone is lying through the eyes if he cannot keep his eye on you and his blinking rate is increasing.
You can also tell if the person you are talking to is interested in what you are saying or not. When he maintains eye contact with you, it means that he has his focus of attention to your conversation. But, sometimes the case is different. Some people has practiced eye contact, but deep inside they lack interest. Dull and passive eyes also indicates boredom.
Romance and flirtation can also be delivered through the eyes. When somebody would catch your eye, he would look away. But if he looks back at you, it may mean that he is into you. If he doesn’t look back, it means he found no chemistry from you.
Watch Their Hand Movements
One common hand gesture is the crossing of the arms over the chest. This may signify one’s anger, doubt or suspicion, or defensiveness from a verbal attack from another person. It is also one of the signs of lying and arrogance.
Another hand gesture is the hands-in-the-pocket gesture. This may have different interpretations. The person may lack confidence or interest, or simply refusing to do a task given to him. Another meaning if this gesture is that he may be nervous or anxious in the current situation. He may also be hiding something from you.
Observe Their Posture
When a person slouches while sitting down or standing up, it may indicate laziness. But this is not necessarily true, since he may have gotten used to that posture, but is not indeed lazy.
However, the most preferred posture is where one would keep his back straight with chin slightly up. This posture must be done without excessive tightening of the back muscles; otherwise he would look definitely stiff and awkward.
Obvious Signs Of Emotions
You can detect if a person is nervous if he finds it impossible to stay still. His body gestures would include fidgeting, tapping the hand or foot, drumming his fingers, pacing around the room back and forth, and trembling. Meanwhile frustration can be signified by a clenched fist, arms crossed over the chest, and the hands on the waist.
Confidence and comfort is reflected from one’s good posture, maintenance of eye contact, relaxed use of hand gestures and body movements. The opposite of these gestures means otherwise – lack of confidence.
These signals from one’s body language does not necessarily reflect what the person truly feels inside. His gestures may have been his mannerisms or simply actions that he has gotten used to. Thus, it is relevant as well not to be very judgmental in interpreting one’s body language.
Be Happy – With Proper Body Language You Can Succeed During A Job Interview.