Importance Of Body Language

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May 30th, 2014

What speaks more than words in an interview? Body language is the answer. 

Have you noticed how you warm to someone who looks you in the eye, and feel threatened when someone leans back and fold their arms?

Many experts say a good chunk of the interviewer’s impression of you will come straight from your body language.

Even if it was only 20% body language and the rest based on your words, then appropriate body language helps you get noticed  & could be the boost that you need in the interview.

Studies show that simple things such as sitting upright and uncrossing your arms will make your interviewer more receptive to you & inclined to like you.

This applies just as much for first time job seekers as it does for executives, Irrespective of what you say in the interview you will be given points for your handshake, your body language and your eye contact,

These subliminal factors really count. 

1.      Make your handshake count. First impressions really matter, “The impression created in those initial 30 seconds needs to be positive.”  Await your interviewer standing up so that you’re on the same level. Smile because you’re happy to be there and look the interviewer in the eye. Then make sure the handshake is  firm, not limp or crushing,  a handshake is the first and the last interaction you have with the interviewer. So make it count.  

2.      Keep your body position neutral. A lot of looking interested at an interview comes down to the angle of the body, leaning back may be interpreted as arrogance. But if you lean forward you could be seen as aggressive or even invading the interviewer’s space. The other thing to avoid is slouching, which can be interpreted as uninterested or even lazy.   

3.      Make eye contact. Looking the interviewer in the eye makes you look more genuine, But don’t stare. If there is more than one interviewer then make sure you look at all of them from time to time,   

4.      Unfold your arms. Crossing your arms is a sign of resistance. Instead try to put your hands on the table, says Wynn, or on your lap if there is no table. That will help you gesture naturally, which conveys enthusiasm and energy.  

5.      Relax. You’ll appear calmer if you don’t fidget or clasp your hands. Fidgeting betrays your nerves. Classic mistakes include playing with your hair, says Wynn. Another one is to pick at your fingernails. “Is that the look you want to give?” he adds.  

6.      Think about your facial expression. Smiling from time to time is important. It’s also a good idea to beware of frowning or scrunching your face up, you should avoid these negative facial expressions. As you smile it may be natural to nod. But don’t overdo this.

Just remember to relax, listen, & be yourself.