Body language includes the gestures you use, your posture, your tone of voice, and even your overall attitude. If you walk in well-prepared for an interview and you’re confident you can answer any questions thrown at you with ease and flair, there are still somethings you may not do intentionally that might cross you off your potential employer’s list.
As Yahoo! Finance explains in an article published earlier by Wisebread , making these 5 wrong body language moves can ruin an interview and your chances of landing the job of your dreams:
Your handshake makes a critical first impression. Your dad probably taught you how to shake hands and his lesson was more important than you know. Make it firm — not body-builder-aggressive and certainly not feeble like a dead fish. Also, be sure your hand is dry, so if you’re perspiring, wipe it off before you meet your interviewer.
Don’t touch your face. People touch their faces instinctively and without conscious thought. But if you want to make a good first impression, you’ll need to be very conscious of where your hands are for the duration of the interview. Keep them well away from your nose and mouth, which can be a turn-off to germophobes. And for everyone else, touching your face is sometimes interpreted as a sign of dishonesty.
Don’t cross your arms. Even if you only know one or two ways to read body language, you probably know this one — crossing your arms is a sign of defensiveness and passive aggressiveness. That’s not the impression you want to convey, so put your hands on the table where they can’t cause you any trouble.
Don’t stare. You probably know that making eye contact is a good thing, right? Well, there’s a difference between positive eye contact and just plain staring. This is one of those things that should be natural, but if you think too hard about it, it is challenging to do in a natural way. The bottom line is that you want to maintain eye contact in moderation, without letting it devolve into uncomfortable staring. At the same time, don’t let your eyes wander around the room as if you’re bored.
Avoid nodding too much. You might think it’s a good idea to nod a lot, either to appear to agree with your interviewer or to imply you’re paying close attention, but the reality is that this can make you come across as sycophantic or spineless. Like eye contact, nod in moderation, and only when it’s clearly appropriate.
Learning simple steps on how to use the right kind of body language in a job interview can help you assert confidence and trust. Landing the job is just the beginning. Making sure that you use the appropriate body language throughout your career is essential to win friends, influence upwards and gain reputation.
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