5 ways to improve your body language in a job interview

5/6/2019

5 ways to improve your body language in a job interview

When you have a job interview, you may do all you feel you can to prepare and dress well, but sometimes that's still not enough to get the job. While there are occasionally other, more qualified candidates who got the call, sometimes issues as simple as poor body language can sink your interview.

To make sure that doesn't happen to you, here are five tips to improve your body language so hiring managers have no concerns about offering you the job:

1) Start with a good, firm handshake

First impressions are incredibly important, so make sure you stand up straight and make eye contact with the hiring manager before giving them a solid handshake, according to The Balance Careers. Not too hard and certainly not too soft, that initial handshake should be firm. If you're not sure what that's supposed to feel like, practice with a friend or family member.

2) Sit right

It should go without saying that slouching in an interview is out of the question, but you should also try to avoid leaning forward or not sitting up in the chair too far, The Balance Careers noted. In general, it's advisable to use the full chair, sitting with your back upright against its back. This helps you appear engaged and confident, especially when combined with maintaining eye contact. 

3) Keep your feet on the ground

Along the same lines as sitting upright in the chair, it's also a good idea to keep both feet firmly planted in front of you, according to Mashable. Crossing your legs - whether you're a man or woman - may be seen as a little too casual, and if you do feel the need to cross them, it's wiser to do so at the ankles so your feet remain out of sight.

4) Nod a lot

When the other people in the interview are speaking, you should make a point to nod frequently to show you are processing what they're saying, Mashable cautioned. An audible affirmation, such as "Right" or "Yes" can also help here, but use these sparingly and when appropriate to maximize the effect.

5) Leave well

When the interview is over and you're preparing to leave, there's one last body language move to keep in mind and make a strong last impression as well, according to Monster. All you'll have to do is smile, nod your head and shake hands with the people in the room. If there are several people sitting in on the interview, you might not have to shake with all of them, but definitely with the person who led the interview and the one who brought you in for the meeting.

This, of course, all comes in addition to the usual job interview tips of dressing well, showing up a little early and the like. When you combine everything together, that will really help present you as an ideal candidate, above and beyond the qualifications that got you the interview in the first place.

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