Nonverbal Gestures and Other Things to Remember to Cinch a Job Interview
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Today’s employers use several techniques to evaluate if job candidates have the right attitudes and traits for the job, and one of the ways they size up applicants is through the interview body language. The way applicants look at the interviewer, their posture, facial expressions, and mannerisms may have an impact on the overall impression that the interviewer may form about them.
Dos and Don’ts that a Job Candidate Can Keep in Mind When Showing Up for an Interview
- To avoid stress, applicants must allot enough time to enable them to arrive neat and relaxed at the designated place where the job interview will be conducted.
- Show up for the job interview in appropriate outfit. Avoid wearing skin-tight or revealing clothes, denim jeans or mini skirts, and shirts or tops that have not been ironed. Applicants showing up for an interview in sloppy attire and disheveled looks often have agitated facial expressions, too, creating a negative impression.
- When extending a hand to accept handshake, job applicants must make sure their hands are free of perspiration and unnecessary objects; shake the job interviewer’s hand firmly, but avoid an iron grip.
- During the interview, job applicants must not look down at the table or make sideway glances, nor fidget. Such body language usually reflects uneasiness or lack of confidence.
- Job applicants should sit properly, avoid slouching or keeping the feet too wide apart, or continuously cross and uncross legs.
- Hand gestures like tapping fingers on the table or running them through one’s hair, clenching fists, or touching a part of the face can send negative signals to the job interviewer.
Highlight Positive Traits with the Right Interview Body Language
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Many applicants usually go to a job interview confident of their experience and skills, little realizing that interviewers or potential bosses may be reading their body signals and assessing their attitudes more. Being arrogant, overeager, or anxious may not score well with the interviewer.
The trick is not to be too relaxed nor too stiff and rigid in the way you sit, stand and position your hands and body. The way job applicants speak in response to the job interviewer’s questions likewise may affect their final evaluation. Speaking too quickly, nodding too much, or cutting off the job interviewer while talking is a no-no.
Acing the Job Interview with the Right Non-verbal Signals
It’s important for job applicants to know the gestures and other interview body language and non-verbal cues they are conveying to an interviewer or potential employer; using the right ones can help them ace the job interview.