4 Tips for Improved Interview Body Language
You've worked hard to perfect the content of your interview, but did you know that your body language is just as important as anything
you say? Unfortunately, few job seekers dedicate the time or attention to body language that they should - and as a result, many miss out on great
opportunities despite answering every question correctly. Read on for valuable insight into ideal interview body language - and how you can improve in
time for your next interview...
1. Master Interview Posture
Your interview begins long before you answer your first question. Enter the room with excellent posture. This should continue as you sit;
resist the urge to slouch.
2. Nod Your Head - But Not Too Often
Few signals indicate that you're paying attention better than a simple nod of the head. Too much nodding, however, can make you seem disingenuous.
Nod only to indicate agreement or your desire for the interviewer to continue talking.
3. Keep Your Legs Still
The urge to fidget can be strong when you feel nervous. Unfortunately, most movement of your legs or feet will betray your nerves. Keep your
feet flat on the floor or crossed at the ankle.
4. Use Hand Gestures Correctly
Hand gestures can help you emphasize important points as you interact with interviewers. In this situation, however, less is more. A little
movement will get your point across more effectively, but wildly waving your arms might unnerve your interviewer. When in doubt, keep your
hands below your collarbone. Above the desk positioning is also ideal, unless you sit at least a foot away - otherwise, your hand motions
won't be visible.
A few small tweaks can completely transform your interview demeanor. Practice makes perfect, so don't hesitate to test out the aforementioned body language suggestions before you schedule your next interview.
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