Interview body language | Pertemps

Body language can convey what you are thinking and feeling before you have even said a word. We are all able to pick up on nonverbal cues and it’s important to make sure your body language is selling, not sinking your chance of success in an interview!

Avoid looking disinterested

Slouching is a major red flag, it can give the impression you’re bored and it also shows a lack of respect for the person interviewing you. Sitting up straight and leaning forward in your seat will show the hiring manager you are eager and interested in the role.

Woman looking bored at an interview

Don’t tap

Fidgeting is often a sign of being nervous and we’re all guilty of it! Try and avoid  drumming your fingers or playing with a pen during your interview. Clasp your hands together to stop yourself fidgeting and try not to pay too much attention to nervous movements which could lead you astray.

Mirror your interviewer

Mirroring the body language of your interviewer is a great way to build strong rapport with them. As a social function, you’ll likely do this naturally during conversation but by mirroring your hiring manager’s gestures, posture and tone of voice you’ll quickly appear confident, comfortable and engaged.

Use hand gestures

Hand gestures are a great way of expressing your enthusiasm whilst talking, but there is a fine line between being passionate and dramatic. Use your hands to emphasise your answers or points to show that you’re passionate and at ease, but don’t go overboard!

Using hand gestures in an interview to explain something

Nail the handshake

Handshakes can become awkward if done incorrectly,  so make sure your hands are clean and sweat-free. Don’t go for a limp or overly tight handshake as this could be seen as a lack of confidence or overly domineering.

Smile!

Smiling shows that you are happy to be there and that you have a positive outlook, even if you feel nervous on the inside. Once the interview is over, regardless of how you think it’s gone, smile and keep a professional demeanour.

smiling man talking to female manager in office meeting

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