The minute we meet new people we are being assessed. Especially in an interview! Our body language can share a lot about who we are and what we are really saying.
In an interview it is important to convey the right message. Show you are relaxed, open and attentive. Here are a few tips to help you get across the right sort of image.
Top 10 body language tips
- Shake hands firmly, not aggressively (a week sloppy handshake does not give a good impression)
- Smile only when genuinely pleased (no need to have a grin permanently pinned to your face)
- Keep arms below shoulders (will help you relax and keep the focus on what you are saying)
- Do not cross legs (could be awkward or become a barrier between you and interviewer)
- Put feet firmly on the floor (will stop legs shaking if nervous)
- Keep arms open, perhaps rest them on the chair arms if you have them (show you are open and receptive)
- Keep hands relaxed with palms up (again shows you are open and receptive)
- Have an open, accepting body posture
- Keep still: stillness is empowering (too much movement can be distracting to the interviewer and disempower you)
- Hold your head at the same angle as the interviewer (This is called mirroring. Will build rapport between you and interviewer)
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