The day has finally arrived. After completing countless job applications, you have received that invitation to interview for your dream job. It’s time to prepare and there’s no better way to do that than to work on your body language. During a job interview, your body language speaks volumes. It gives the interviewer insight into who you truly are as a person. Here are some tips you must consider and practice.
1) Dress to impress
What you wear in an interview will be true reflection of you. When you walk into an interview dressed to impress, you’re going to exhibit more confidence. Employers seek confidence over passivity. Wear that neatly pressed suit proudly and your poise will not go unnoticed.
2) Place your feet on the floor
Although it can be a habit for you to cross your legs, research indicates that it’s best to keep both feet flat on the floor. This will help you sit upright rather than slouching. Also, crossing your legs can also be a sign of complacency.
3) Ditch the nervous energy
As hard as it might be to ditch your nerves, you must leave them at the door if you want to land a job. Nervous energy causes you to shake your legs, twiddle your thumbs, twirl your hair, and even pick at your nails. These actions will indicate that you are nervous and can cost you a chance at your dream career.
4) Don’t cross your arms
Folding your arms over your body is a bad habit. It closes you off to the interviewer. As a result, the lines of communication close. This is obviously not what you want in an interview. A great interview is a like having a professional conversation, so be sure to engage and keep the lines of communication open.
5) Keep your hands out of your pockets
When you put your hands in your pockets, you will appear to be careless and untidy. Being too relaxed in an interview is just as bad as being too nervous in an interview. You want to exhibit professionalism, and with your hands in your pockets, you’ll look careless. If you’re sitting, place your hands flat on your lap instead. If you’re standing, keep your hands dropped at your sides. Engage your hands only when necessary; let your mouth do the talking.