You’ve prepared questions and answers, chosen your outfit, but have you perfected your body language? You’ll be surprised how much it matters in an interview.
An interview is your first meeting with your potential employer; it’s an opportunity for you to shine and prove that you’re the person they’re looking for. Many candidates know the basics for a good interview like researching the company before hand and asking questions to show interest in the position, but how much do you know about portraying the correct body language? Interviewers wan t to see a positive body language. Here’s how you can perfect yours and increase your chances of getting hired.
1. Do the shake
Don’t underestimate the power of a good handshake; it tells the interviewer more than you realise. A weak, soft or wobbly handshake could mean that you’re passive, insecure or trustworthy whereas a firm handshake could signify confidence, excitement and trust. What do you want your handshake to say about you? It’s a good idea to practice your handshake on your friends or family so that when the day arrives, it’s natural and flawless.
2. Look your interviewer in the eye
An interview can be quite nerve-wracking, which is why it tends to be quite difficult for candidates to maintain eye contact. If you have this problem, set up a mock interview with a friend and practise your eye contact. If you do it well in an interview a level of trust could be established between you and the interviewer. But if you look around constantly or stare at the desk when you answer questions, it could show the interviewer that you’re uninterested in what they have to say. It’s also important not to lock your interviewer in a strange awkward gaze as to make them uncomfortable, so find a balance.
Your posture speaks volumes to your interviewer. When walking into the interview room, make a point of walking in with your shoulders back and your head held high. This will show the hiring manager that you’re serious about the position. Slouching, crossing your arms and fidgeting can show disinterest during an interview, so be careful.
4. Why so serious?
You’re not made of rock – smile! A good smile will show the interviewer that you’re interested in what they have to say.
5. Get in tune with your tone
Your tone of voice needs to be just right. Instead of a shy soft voice that shows a lack of confidence, turn it up a beat, but not too much. Your aim is to portray energy and enthusiasm for the position you’re applying for.