One of the most common questions that applicants ask about job interviews is what to do with their body. Since body language says so much about your character, it is important to make sure that your body language is perfect, in order to give yourself the best chance of getting the job.
What makes “good body language” is more difficult. Crossing your legs may seem appropriate in some settings, but looks awkward in others. Some interviewers like people that speak with their hands, while others prefer that your hands are at your side and your words do most of the talking. It can be hard to figure out which position is best for improving your job interview chances.
Recent research has provided an answer to this question. According to experts, your best bet is not to come into the job interview with a specific posture in mind. Instead, it is recommended that you adopt the posture of the interviewer. This is known as “mirroring” or “echoing.”
There is a lot of evidence that this method of figuring out body language is best for your interview. It is known that members of the opposite sex will adopt similar body language postures of their partner when they are attracted to them. It is also known that when someone is being open and honest, they tend to adopt the same stances as the person whose trust they are trying to gain.
In fact, mirroring posture can be a strong indicator of openness and honesty – so much so that some police officers use mirroring as a way to tell if the suspect is being trustworthy doing their interrogations.
How Does This Affect Job Interviews?
It can be difficult to mirror posture during a job interview. Interviewers are often moving around, and if you try to match every position your interviewer makes, you will look awkward and it will be apparent that you are trying to copy them.
However, if at some point during your interview you realize that you are unsure what to do with your body language, you should try to mirror the position and posture of your interviewer. Your interviewer is unlikely to pick up on your copying them, and there is scientific evidence that copying their posture will improve rapport and help you appear trustworthy.
Take Away Interview Tips
- When in doubt, copy your interviewer’s body language.