The role of body language during a job interview can largely dictate whether you will be successful in your job pursuit or not. Many HR experts agree that body language literally accounts for 93% of messages you send out during the interview. Amazingly, verbal content is only 7% of the message conveyed during the actual interview process. Such statistics mean that you have to get your non-verbal communication right if you want to impress your potential employer.
Generally, before entering the interview room, it’s largely assumed that you will have adequately prepared for the interview in question. Some of things you are expected to be aware of prior to the interview include; information about the company, potential questions to be asked, dress code etc. Providing the best possible impression during a grueling interviewing process can help you clinch the job in question. Body language is fundamental to any interview process- you must at all times project confident and respectful demeanor not though words alone but also subtly through your body language.
If you have been invited to an interview process then, here are handy tips on body language that you should employ if you want to bag your dream job or any job for that matter.
Once you enter the interview room and you’ve already exchanged greetings with the interviewer; then it’s crucial that you maintain a good posture once you are seated. Sitting upright is highly suggested as it indicates that you are feeling comfortable and confident. Hunching down simply indicates that you are nervous or are suffering from low self esteem. Additionally, a sloppy posture gives the impression that you are a careless person. There plenty of other wrong posture positions that can send negative impressions to the employer. The bottom-line you must maintain an upright posture though not too stiff.
Movement of your arms
Your arms or hands movements and positioning can indicate whether you are nervous or confident. The general rule of the thumb is to put your hands on your lap or loosely clasped on the table if you want to appear calm or confident. Some of the hands or arms positioning that you ought to avoid include; fiddling your face or hair (shows how nervous or anxious you are), putting arms above the neck (shows your uncertainty), touching your lips (shows you are lying), touching your nose (project the image that you are insincere), folding arms across your chest (indicates that you are defensive or have something to hide) etc.
Eye contact is another part of body language that you must get right if you are to stand a change of getting hired. Generally, it is pertinent that you maintain direct eye with the interview as it indicates that you are listening or paying attention. However, maintaining eye contact doesn’t mean that you should stare aggressively at the interviewer. Ideally, you should maintain eye content while at the same moving your head here and there, periodically nodding your head. Failure to establish eye contact with your interviewer will send a negative impression that you are a person who is nervous with low self esteem.
You should ideally speak in a controlled voice that is clear; this projects an impression that you are confident. Speaking in high or low pitch can indicate that you are nervous or anxious. Additionally, your voice should be devoid of emotion. To get your voice right, it is highly recommended that you breathe in an out to ease any anxiety inside you.
Get That Interview Call First!
Before worrying about the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. Sometimes crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?
A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.