You probably know the importance of Body Language during a job interview, We do prepare a lot before getting into an interview, and take care of all Do’s and Don’t. But involving into all these we forget about one of the most important factor that really matters for your hiring manager. Body language plays a crucial role during a job interview. So always take care of During an interview two simultaneous communications : one with words & other with signals that your body reflects. About 70% of communication is carried out through gesture and postures.
How to Sit in an Interview-
Sit only when you are asked to sit by Interview and than say thank you!, Sit upright and don’t get too stuffy, this particularly indicates your comfort level & confidence. Leaning forward towards the interviewer to about 10 degrees gives him a indication that you are interested in the conversation while leaning backwards does just opposite. Tilting your head slightly towards one side indicates friendly attitude while keeping it straight indicates authoritative behavior. Hunching down on your chair and sitting on the edge indicates your nervousness, sloppy posture indicates low energy & careless attitude.You can also adopt mirroring if they have adopted a formal posture, in which you will just have to copy the posture of the interviewer and continue it till they become more relaxed and less formal.
If you don’t know what to do with your hands , just control them by resting them on your lap or on table. Be aware of what your hands are doing. Having your hands above neck or fiddling on hair indicates nervousness. It is particularly noticed that when our hands are touching our face, chin or nose we may be lying or may not be confident on what we have taken a stand. Cross folding of arms indicates defensive or closed attitude, waving them around is considered unprofessional. Be aware what your legs are conveying about you. Sitting cross legged indicates defensive attitude whereas resting one leg over the knee of the other indicates too casual and arrogant attitude. Sudden movement of both hands and legs indicates that you are either too bored or getting too much nervous, and want to end the interview as soon as possible.
How to Eye Contact with Interviewer During an Interview-
When interviewer is taking to you and you want to show that you are actively listening to him, you must make eye contact with him. Staring constantly with blinking eyes at regular intervals or nodding head indicates aggressive attitude. It is advised that eye contacts should be made not more than 10-12 secs. Continuously staring and overusing eye contacts indicates that you are challenging the interviewer. Looking constantly down wards indicates low confidence. Eye contact is essential aspect of interview body language to establish rapport with your interviewer. But if not used properly can become a negative aspect.
Voice Modulation and Pitch-
Speak in a clear cut voice, this indicates your confidence level. Avoid monotone by varying pitch of your voice, at the same time don’t overdo it because it may indicate that you are overly emotional and excited. Taking breathe pauses before answering a question gives you time for thinking over the question. Don’t show too much emotions, it shows non-professionalism. Giving smiles and slight nod only at particular times shows positive attitude while bursting into laugh on your own joke or issue shows non-professionalism.
Watch Out For Interviewers Body Language-
Resting head on hand or losing eye contact indicates boredom and disinterest, sitting crossed legged or leaning backwards shows that the interviewer is probably uncomfortable. Rubbing face and drumming fingers on table indicates irritation, in such a case clarify your point if possible.Try not to sit too close if not provided a table, maintain a distance of about 2-3 feet between this will increase the comfort level. Don’t try to get into their personal space by leaning towards them more than required this indicates unmanned behavior.