Body language is any kind of nonverbal cue used to communicate with others. Body language expresses our emotions and intentions, all without speaking! Some examples of nonverbal communication or body language include facial expressions, posture, eye contact, and many others.
It’s essential to use positive body language because unintentional gestures can make or break an interview. It’s easy to accidentally convey a negative message while unaware of nonverbal cues. Interviewers pay close attention to nonverbal communication because, throughout the interview, they’re picturing the way the ideal candidate would behave in the role.
Facial expressions tell more of a story than any response. Smile, but don’t smile too much. Don’t be stoic either, this kind of expression may be misconstrued as boredom or disinterest. Also, be aware of thoughtful or concerned facial expressions- make sure they don’t look like scowls!
Maintaining eye contact sends the message of attentiveness, but it’s important to periodically avert one’s gaze, so it appears natural. Improper eye contact creates the impression of nervousness, annoyance, or listlessness.
Fidgeting during an interview can be distracting for both the interviewer and the interviewee. Refrain from nervous movements such as hair twirling or leg bouncing.
Slouching demonstrates a lack of self-confidence and respect. Good posture helps the interviewer evaluate if the candidate shows genuine interest and engagement. In addition, good posture indicates friendliness and approachability.
Wear something professional but comfortable. Being comfortable allows a hopeful candidate to exude confidence! Plus, fidgeting with clothes might be misinterpreted as nervousness.
An active listener keeps an eye on the interviewer’s verbal or nonverbal cues and responds accordingly. The perfect candidate will use nonverbal cues to demonstrate their understanding, such as nodding at the appropriate moments.
Research shows that people will form eleven impressions of someone within seven seconds of a first encounter. Those first seven seconds are crucial! Follow these tips and pay close attention to body language and ace the next interview, guaranteed.