Body Language During Interviews: What You Need to Know

Handshake

This handshake is just about the same as your first impression. With every interview it’s important that once your interviewer walks into the room you stand up, smile, make eye contact, and have a clean, strong handshake. Handshakes show a sense of confidence and you don’t want to be caught giving a top-level executive one of those “dead fish” handshakes or one of those “he broke my blood vessel” handshakes. Try and practice a few times with friends to get it just right before heading into the big day.

Eye Contact

This is a given and a huge part of the interview. Making direct eye contact with the person that is interviewing you is important because it shows yet another sign of confidence in yourself and what you are saying. If you have trouble making eye contact try practicing in the mirror beforehand or giving yourself a last-minute pep talk to boost your confidence which will surely help in the long run.

Smile

People want to see someone that is happy to be there! When you aren’t answering a question be sure to smile and slightly nod to ensure the interviewer that you are listening to him or her and that they have your full attention. Bonus points if you can make the interviewer laugh or if you can laugh (or fake laugh) at one of their jokes.

Hand Movements

Small and controlled are the two key words for this one. Don’t look like an Italian mom at a big family dinner waving your hands everywhere but also don’t look like a robot that forgot they had hands in the first place. Use your hands to explain concepts or when you really want to capture the interviewer’s attention.

Posture

Sit up straight and relax your shoulders. You aren’t playing FIFA 2018 so don’t sit like you are!

 

 

By Yasmeen Alwani
Yasmeen Alwani CareerEdge Content Creator Yasmeen Alwani