Proper Body Language For An Interview

Chelsea Lawler

The proper body language is essential when entering the interview room. The interviewer will be able to tell a lot about you by the way you handle your expression and posture. Positive body language is imperative when you are with an interviewer because it will show them you are confident and approachable. We will explore the various ways to convey the right form of body language for the job interview.

1. Be Approachable

Within a job interview setting, you want to be sure to connect with your interviewer. Presenting yourself in an open manner will show the interviewer that you are comfortable in the situation. What do I mean by open body language? For example, a person with the open body language will smile at their interviewer while firmly shaking their hand. Furthermore, when greeting your interviewer, you want to be sure to make contact, as it shows you are direct.

Closed-off body language, such as the crossing of your arms or resting your chin on your palm, will send a message to the interviewer that you are not approachable, annoyed, or hiding the truth.

2. Pay Attention!

It is important to convey to your interviewer that you are enthusiastic about the job opportunity. If you are sitting upright with your hands neatly folded, your body language is telling the interviewer that you are attentive. If you are attentive to the interviewer, reciprocating, and engaged, it will show he/she you have a genuine interest in the interviewer and the company. You can use your body language to describe your sincerity by maintaining eye contact, leaning forward, and nodding. Be sure not to fidget with your hands or a pen, or any other interruption the interviewer may find to be annoying or distracting. If you do not respond positively to the interviewer, it may show them that you are uninterested in the position or the conversation.

3. Keep the Conversation Positive

Speaking negatively about a past or current employer is the quickest way for you to lose a chance at a potential job opportunity. Even if you truly had a horrid experience, or a terrible boss, resist the urge to come clean about them. This is neither the time nor the place to discuss it. It will come across to the interviewer as disrespectful and portray you in a negative spotlight. When speaking about former negative experiences or employers, be sure to practice and prepare a positive answer. Keep it professional!

In regards to your body language, be sure to avoid rolling your eyes, indifferent hand gestures, or sour facial expressions. It is imperative to keep your body language and voice neutral when sharing easily upsetting topics with the interviewer. Focus on your skill set and accomplishments and respond in a positive, calm manner. When preparing for the interview, keep in mind that you may be faced with sensitive subjects and will need to practice your responses. Taking the time to practice your mannerisms and body language will prepare you to be confident at your interview.

About The Author

Chelsea Lawler

Chelsea Lawler is a recent graduate of Philadelphia University with her Master of Science degree in Fashion Apparel Studies. She graduated from Mount Aloysius College in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Chelsea enjoys running her small jewelry business for vintage clothing, and traveling. With her writing at Career Igniter, she hopes to educate both students and job seekers on the various facets of the job hunting process.

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