Body Language interview tips for that next interview.

Body Language interview tips for that next interview.

1. Sit up straight

Sit firmly and lean your back straight against the chair.  This gives a sign of assurance and confidence. If you're a natural sloucher, pretend there's a string pulling you up from the crown of your head.

2. Don't make direct eye contact

Instead, go for direct face contact.  A more effective way to ensure you look interested and engaged is to look at different parts of someone's face, from eyes, to nose, to lips, so you're never just staring into the interviewer's eyes.

3. Use hand gestures and show your palms when speaking

Its fine to gesture while speaking.  Keeping your hands hidden can be misinterpreted as distrustful behavior.  Keeping your palms up also signals honesty and engagement. In general, upward-facing body language, such as open palms, smiles and straight posture, also makes you look energetic.

4. Keep your feet firmly on the ground.

Women should never cross at the knees, but rather the ankles. There's also a scientific benefit to keeping your feet grounded. Planted feet can help you go between creative thought and highly complex rational thought.

5. Watch how you walk

Interviewers often make a judgment within the first 10 seconds of meeting you. How you walk into the room is a part of that judgment.  Shoulders back and head held high, walk directly toward the person you are meeting with every body part pointing in his direction, maintaining eye contact with occasional breaks to the side.

6. Breath deeply

One way to soothe interview nerves is to breathe properly. Inhale when the interviewer asks you a question, then speak on the exhale, following the air flow.  Deep breathing calms you down. 10 deep breaths before the interview reduces heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone level.

7. Nod your head while listening

Aside from keeping eye and face contact, nodding your head while listening is an additional way to show attentiveness. Nod your head occasionally to let them know you understand what is being said.

8. Lean in

Leaning slightly forward (keeping your shoulders back and down, and your chest high) demonstrates interest.  Your posture is an integral part of your nonverbal conversation.

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Posted: Monday 1 October 2018