Making the right impression during an interview will naturally play a major role in whether you land your dream job. That means you need to pay attention to your body language. Although having the proper qualifications is the most important factor, you also need to make sure you’re taking all steps necessary to make hiring managers feel you would be confident and competent in your future role.
Keep these body language tips in mind the next time you’re headed to a job interview. While using them by no means guarantees you’ll get an offer, it certainly won’t hurt your chances.
5 Essential Job Interview Body Language Tips
This is a simple tip, but it’s one you need to remember. Many people don’t monitor their posture when sitting. Some of us are simply natural slouchers.
The problem is, slouching will make you look less-than-confident. When you show up for an interview, make a point of sitting back in your chair, looking proud and alert.
You don’t necessarily always need to sit back to make a good impression during job interviews. You should lean in (not too closely, of course) when you want to look enthusiastic.
Hiring managers look for signs of engagement. They want candidates to show them they are eager about job opportunities. Leaning in when it’s appropriate to do so (for instance, when explaining why you’re excited to work for the company) will help you achieve this important goal.
Don’t Ignore Your Hands
Knowing what to do with your hands during a job interview can be challenging. Some people don’t feel comfortable simply keeping their hands still.
Luckily, you don’t have to. If keeping your hands still doesn’t come easy, gesture with them. This is yet another way you can look more animated and enthusiastic. Just make sure you don’t exaggerate your movements too much! You’re not playing a character.
Strike a Balance with Eye Contact
Too many people mistakenly assume that they need to maintain direct eye contact during job interviews. That’s not the case.
Yes, to some degree, eye contact is important. You don’t want to come across as untrustworthy. That said, sustaining eye contact for too long can actually seem confrontational.
You’re better off striking a balance. For example, when initially listening to and answering questions, look the person in the eyes, but take breaks, letting your eyes drift elsewhere from time to time.
You need to make sure the person interviewing you knows you are listening to what they’re saying. Fortunately, your body language can help you make the right impression.
For example, perhaps someone interviewing you is explaining the nature of the job. You could simply nod your head when they make key points or touch on key details. This is an easy but effective way to let them know you are paying attention.
Additionally, you may want to consider practicing these job interview body language hacks beforehand. A friend or family member might be willing to participate in a mock interview, letting you try these out. The more you practice maintaining confident body language, the more it will feel natural.