6 Body Language Tips for Your Next Interview

Interviews can be stressful, but they provide great opportunities to share your story, showcase the company or demonstrate your talents. Whether you are a young professional preparing for an in-person job interview or a CEO getting ready for a live TV broadcast, there are several things you need to get right to succeed. One such thing is your body language.

Below are 6 body language tips you need to remember during your next interview:

1.    Sit up straight, leaning slightly toward the speaker. This posture conveys alertness and interest in what your interviewer has to say. Don’t cross your arms over your chest, as it signals defensiveness and resistance.

2.    Control your facial expressions. Make sure they match what you are saying. Don’t try to be overly serious, as it may come across as frustration or anger on camera. It may be helpful to practice answering questions in front of a mirror.

3.    Avoid being overly expressive with your gestures. It is usually good to supplement your words with some hand movement, but should be done in a natural and controlled way.

4.    Try not to constantly nod your head while listening to your interviewer. You may nod occasionally when you agree with a certain statement, but be careful, as nodding often turns into a bad habit for many people.

5.    Avoid common signs of nervousness, such as fidgeting your feet or fingers, biting your lips or constantly shifting in your seat.

6.    Do not shift your eyes too often. Constantly shifting your eyes or looking up to the ceiling conveys uncertainty and lack of confidence. Try not to stare either, but make sure you look directly at the interviewer when you answer their questions.

Have more body language tips we haven’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comments section!


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