Making a good first impression is important. However, after that, there is still an actual interview. You have to sit down and prove yourself through a structured conversation. One thing you don’t want to do is appear nervous, unprepared and just generally out of your depth. I’m not trying to scare you. I’m here to help. These body language tips will help you come off as more professional.
Sit Properly In The Waiting Area
The waiting area before an actual interview can be nerve-wracking. You are in a strange environment, and you have no idea yet what to expect. What you definitely don’t want to do is come off as nervous. Don’t slouch and try to immerse yourself in your phone. Instead, sit with your back straight and present yourself as confident.
Don’t Lean Back When You’re Answering Questions
How you sit in the interview chair also conveys a message. You don’t want to slouch, as it makes you seem down on yourself and not prepared for the position. Conversely, you also don’t want to lean back and relax too much into your chair. This makes you seem smug and disinterested. Instead, sit up, and lean forward slightly. Just focus on what is happening and you should be okay.
Don’t Cross Your Legs
I shouldn’t have to say this, I’m hoping. Anyway, don’t do it. Especially in this country. There’s hardly a chance that it doesn’t come off as rude. You don’t want to create that impression inadvertently and reduce your chances of getting the job.
Don’t Avoid Eye Contact
I don’t know about you, but it is hard for me to look someone in the eyes when I’m lying to them. Most people will take you averting your gaze when they try to make eye contact as a bad sign. You will appear to dishonest, even if you’re just being nervous. Don’t make too much eye contact either. That can be a little weird.
Practice Your Body Language
I mean, these things are all good in theory, but when it comes to actually watching yourself that can be hard. It can be hard to spot and mitigate these habits. That’s why you should practice. Enlist the help of another person. Ask the person to test you a bit. Let them ask common interview questions and observe you as you answer them.
Things like this matter when we’re meeting a person for the first time. We always try to get a read on people when we first meet them. And in that regard, their body language communicates a lot.