Subconsciously, we use our bodies to show how we feel. Likewise, we analyze the body language of others to make intuitive assumptions. Would you want a doctor to perform your surgery if he or she can’t even look you in the eyes beforehand? Even though it has nothing to do with their abilities to operate, you might start to worry that he or she doesn’t see things going too well for you. In contrast, use your mannerisms to show your interviewer that he or she can trust you. Your body language should be respectful, friendly, and confident during an interview.
Common courtesy begins with respecting personal space. As a rule, don’t touch anyone you meet except when shaking hands. Most people also feel uncomfortable with others standing too close. Constant eye contact can be tricky, but looking down or away during a conversation shows disinterest. Most importantly, never look at your phone at any stage of the interview. Put it away and turn it off, showing that the interview is your top priority.
Smiles are contagious and if your interviewer is happy, you’re on the right track. Even if you’re talking about your technical skills, smile because you’re happy just to have the opportunity to talk about your skills. Hand gestures also help your interviewer see your passion and follow your train of thought. Lastly, try to keep your body open. This means that your body is facing your interviewer and your arms aren’t crossed. It might sound odd, but open body language sends vibes that you are willing to have a transparent conversation.
Like the doctor example above, if you don’t show confidence in yourself, then why should your potential employer have confidence in you? A firm (but not forcefull) handshake says, “I have as much to offer you as you have to offer me.” Stand tall and sit straight as if you’re ready to solve all of their problems at any given moment. Finally, recognize and correct your nervous ticks. Examples include biting your lip, playing with your hair, bouncing your leg, or excessively saying “um.”
This is a lot to remember- as if you didn’t have enough to worry about. Bottom line, make sure that your interviewer knows that they can trust you. If you can do that, you’re already at the top of their list.