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Interview Preparation - Part 2

Jan 19, 2018

Interview Preparation

 

Part 2:  Body Language at Interview

 

An invitation to an interview means that an employer believes you have the potential to do the job.  The interview is your chance to convince the recruiter that you are the right person. 

Think about the lasting impression that you will leave the interviewer with, how will they remember you when assessing all candidates at a later time.

 

Handshake:

Most likely, the handshake will be your only moment of physical contact with the interviewer. Studies say that handshakes play a significant role in first impressions, so make it count. Your shake should be neither bone crushing, nor limp fish. Aim for a firm handshake, and as you shake, make eye contact and smile.

Eye Contact:

Make eye contact. This is the best way to show you’re actually paying attention and engaging with the situation. Of course this doesn’t mean stare blankly at your interviewer, but strive to hold eye contact for a few seconds at a time. If you’re faced with more than one interviewer, be sure to make eye contact with all of them. Address the person who asked the question, then hold eye contact with the other interviewer for a few seconds, before returning your attention to the first interviewer.

Smile:

A genuine smile is often contagious and can immediately create a more positive environment.

Sit up, sit still:

Don’t slouch, sit up straight and don’t recline back in your chair. Do lean in from time to time as this shows that you are engaged with the conversation. Try to avoid crossing your arms and fidgeting, you want to convey confidence and these mannerisms show the exact opposite.

Gesturing:

Use Your Hands:  Do you naturally talk with your hands? Go ahead and let them move during the interview. Stopping the natural gestures may lead to an awkward appearance. Just make sure your motions don't become so enthusiastic that they distract from your words.

Breath:

Try to relax and enjoy the interview.  The more relaxed you are, the better you will perform on the day.

 

Most of all, be yourself. The interviewer is assessing whether you will be the right fit for their team and does want to get to know the real you. The trick is making sure you show them your best self.

 

Remember:

  • Think positive, talk positive, feel positive
  • Be the best version of you