Body language mistakes we should avoid while giving an Interview!
We all want to nail that interview and absolutely believe in burning the midnight oil to crack it. Yet, are we aware of how some of our body movements help the interviewer make sub conscious decisions as to whether we are suitable for the job or not? There are some basic mistakes that can (and must) be avoided in order to grab that dream job we’ve been eyeing for a while now.
1. Sit straight:
While leaning back can make you look lazy, leaning to the front can come across as you being aggressive. So sit straight and tall. Practice sitting like this and it should soon come naturally to you.
2. Maintain eye contact:
This doesn’t mean that you stare at the interviewer and make the other person uncomfortable. However, try to hold that gaze for an extra second before breaking away for that maximum impact.
3. The handshake:
Did you really think we were going to miss out on this one?! The handshake is one of the most important parts of an interview and yet many of us score poorly out here. Your handshake must be firm; not a death grip or a limp one. The former makes you dominant while the latter makes you appear unsure of yourself. Practice with your friend to get the right balance.
4. Do not fidget:
Fidgeting makes you look unsure and you definitely don’t want that. Try standing or sitting with your hands gently falling on your sides or on your lap which makes you feel comfortable and you look more friendly and approachable.
5. Do not keep nodding like a bobblehead doll:
This is especially true when it comes to women. We understand that you agree with something that the interviewer might mention. Just a slight nod with a smile should suffice. Also, while it’s good to agree with the interviewer on things, hold your ground gently but firmly, should some differences arise.
6. Facial expressions:
How likely is the interviewer to believe you if you talk about your passion with that dead look in the face? Impossible. Our facial expressions play a major role in getting the message across and the last thing you want to do is come across as being fake.
7. Your hand movements matter:
While it is suggested you keep your hands on your lap or just let them gently fall on your sides, making a few hand movements while you speak indicate dedication and passion, something that is bound to impress the people on the other side of the table.