Unless we have a mirror in front of us, it’s impossible to see ourselves in a job interview. Thus, we don’t know how we are behaving or what kind of body language we have. Some people are conscious enough and can completely control their body language. This is a natural trait, but not a universal one. For you to land the job you want or to be liked by the interviewer, you must be aware of the various signals that your body language would be sending out. You must know the differences between positive and negative body language so you can use the former to increase your chances of getting the job.
Let’s talk about some negative body languages that can cost you the interview and the job.
Make Consistent Eye Contact
If you don’t make eye contact, then the interviewer would immediately think that you are nervous or lacking confidence, you are insecure or you are outright lying. Dishonest people don’t make eye contact. Also, if you are indifferent towards the job, the interview or the interviewer, you would avoid eye contact. Establish eye contact and be natural.
Avoid Nervous Movements
Don’t bite your lip, don’t scratch your head and don’t flare your nostrils. Biting your lip is again a sign of nervousness or anxiety. While everyone knows that a jobseeker or interviewee will be nervous, biting lips or scratching your head can be the red flags. They show that a person is confused, bewildered, afraid and perhaps one doesn’t really have what it takes to attend the interview or get the job. Those who have the skills and the preparation would rarely be so nervous. They would be confident that they can get the job done and that would show in their body language.
Don’t Sit with Folded Arms
It makes you look disapproving and defensive. A signal of crossing your arms means you aren’t interested in what’s across from you and on the other side of the table. Don’t narrow your eyes. They make you angry or look offended. Don’t raise your eyebrows as that makes you look surprised, in disbelief or unprepared.
Maintain Good Body Posture
Slouching or consistently fidgeting while sitting will make you look bored or apprehensive, uncomfortable or restless. Tapping your feet will make you appear very nervous. Wringing hands will make you look scared.
Sit upright, be still, look the interviewer in the eyes and talk slowly but clearly to answer the questions. When you are explaining something, it is acceptable to move your hands but don’t make animated movements and certainly avoid exaggerated physical gestures. Be calm, patient and just sail through the process. You don’t need to be robotic or too rigid. Just being upright and upfront will be enough.
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