BODY LANGUAGE FOR INTERVIEWS16:51
Body language is very important while giving interview. Though you may be nervous and your heart has sunk into your shoes but what you cant risk is showing it by your body movements. Also you might be smartly dressed and looking confident but your body could still let you down. So carefully follow the body languages listed below and we guarantee you, you will give the right signal to the interviewer.
1. An equal handshake
Your handshake should be strong and confident. If you can match the interviewer's grip it avoids any dominant/submissive vibes.
2. Relax and be at ease
The way you sit conveys a lot of subtle information to the people on the other side of the desk. So sit straight and take a moment to be comfortable. If you look relaxed, it'll encourage your interviewer/s to feel at ease in your company.
3. Maintain eye contact
Keep it true and steady, but remember to blink. Make sure that your gaze doesn't drop below eye level. Don't keep turning your attention to the floor or the ceiling. It might be a blank canvas for your thoughts, but it appears as if you're evading a question.
4. Steer your body
If you are wearing a short skirt then crossing your legs is fine, but the best position is to 'point' at the interviewer with your knees or your feet. This shows that you're focused right in on them.
5. Use your hands
Be physically expressive when you speak and use your hands to roll out your answers or give shape to your ideas. This is also a good way to control nervousness.
6. Be open
Folding your arms across your chest conveys a nervous, negative and even aggressive attitude. Therefore be open in both body and mind.
Your actions speak volumes as to what is going on in your mind. The way you sit, stand, move around all show as to whether you are nervous, confused, scared or confident. Look at the following chart below and find out more about your body language.
Walking tall, e.rect and briskly = Confidence
Standing with hands on hips = Readiness, aggression
Walking with hands in pockets, shoulders hunched = Dejection
Hands clasped behind back = Anger, frustration, apprehension
Sitting with legs crossed, foot kicking slightly = Boredom
Sitting with arms crossed on chest = Defensiveness
Sitting with hands clasped behind head, legs crossed = Confidence, superiority
Biting nails = Nervousness
Touching, slightly rubbing nose = Rejection, doubt, lying
Stroking chin = Trying to make a decision
Pulling or tugging at ear = Indecision
Patting/fondling hair = Lack of self confidence, insecurity
Rubbing hands = Anticipation
Pinching bridge of nose, eyes closed = Negative evaluation
Tilted head = Interest
Open palm = Sincerity, openness, innocence
Tapping or drumming fingers = Impatience