Citybuzz Marketing Discuss The Importance Of Body Language In Interviews
Manchester, UK, August 2013 – You sent in your perfectly manicured CV and flawless cover letter, you researched the company and gave brilliant responses to tough interview questions but there is one thing that could stand between you and getting hired. Perhaps you were the most qualified candidate but if you forget to smile, slouch in your chair or fail to make eye contact during the interview you could be instantly out of the running.
Tips on how to ensure your body language doesn’t lose the job for you:
- A candidate can give out thousands of non-verbal cues within the first minute of meeting a hiring manager; those messages make more of an impact than the words that you use during the interview.
- Our body language says a lot about who we are and our emotional state, and poor body language often sends a message that we are stressed or fearful.
- Don’t wait until you’re in the hot seat to start focusing on your body language. Be aware of your posture, your facial expressions and your gestures from the moment you arrive.
- The hiring manager will look at your face, your hair, what you’re wearing and the image you are projecting, all before you have had a chance to formally meet.
- Once the interviewer greets you, make eye contact and offer a palm-to-palm handshake that is not too strong and not too weak. Keep an appropriate distance as he or she greets you. Relax your body and smile.
- Once you’re in the hot seat, find an appropriate place to set down your belongings. Don’t put your briefcase or purse on your lap or on the table.
- Sit up straight, avoid touching your face and hair, and don’t cross your arms or hide your hands.
- Gesturing shows that you’re enthusiastic and expressive. It can also help access more information in your brain and create vocal variation, she adds.
- Power and confidence are typically conveyed through body language, and so are your stress level and how open and honest you are.
- An employer will get a sense of who you are and how you will perform under pressure by assessing your body language before, during and after the interview.
- Interview body language mistakes may tell the hiring manager that you’re flippant, scared or passive.
- If you’re under-qualified or you say the wrong thing, the interviewer can forgive that, but if your body language says you’re a person who doesn’t work well in stressful situations or that you’re not confident, that’s something they know they can’t change.
So how do you avoid making body language mistakes? With practice and preparation. Preparation for the interview often builds confidence and when you’re confident, you have fewer body language issues.
Just remember, the hiring manager looks for ways to set a candidate apart from others, are you standing out for positive or negative reasons?
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