It is no secret that body language is an important part of the interview process. Without good body language, you will look like you are hiding something, untrustworthy, overly nervous, lying, arrogant, depressed, or some other behavior that will ruin your chances of a successful job interview. Your goal is to avoid the most common mistakes when it comes to interview body language. Over the next two days, we will show you the types of body language that are guaranteed to cause you to lose out on a great job.
Bad Interview Body Language
- Lack of Eye Contact
The number one killer of job interviews is a lack of eye contact. Candidates that don’t make eye contact may appear as though they are lying, hiding something, or simply too shy to withstand the harsh corporate environment. Eye contact shows both trustworthiness and confidence, two qualities that vastly improve your chances of getting the job.
- Crossing Your Arms
Though crossing your arms may be the most comfortable thing you can do with your hands, it is also a sign of contempt and fear. Perhaps the origin of that body language belief is unjust, as many people cross their hands simply when they have no idea what to do with their hands, yet what crossing your arms says to the interviewer may not be your intention, so you need to keep your arms in the proper position.
Nothing about a job interview is very fun, but that does not mean that you can sit there and look miserable. You need to smile and show off how happy you are simply to have the opportunity to get the job. Frowning is a great way to get yourself seen as a negative, boring, upset applicant.
Tomorrow, we will go over several additional examples of how body language can ruin your job interview.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Smile and make eye contact.
- Sit correctly using proper interview posture.