First impressions matter. How you carry yourself during an interview can be just as important as what you say. Your body language speaks volumes, from how you shake hands to how you sit and make eye contact.
Here are some tips to help you make the best impression possible and land your dream job.
1. Stay calm, and don't be nervous.
Easier said than done, especially if you’re naturally apprehensive, but try to keep yourself relaxed and remember that the interviewer is just another person. Try to avoid negative thoughts, such as “what if say something stupid?” and instead focus on positive ones, such as “what if they like me?” Take a few deep breaths before you enter the room, and keep a positive attitude.
2. Plan ahead.
Have an idea of what you’ll wear so you’re not fumbling around on the interview day. First impressions count, so ensure your clothing is neat, professional, wrinkle-free, and in line with the company culture. Wear darker colours that don’t distract from your face: blacks, greys, and dark blues are often good choices because they make you look more professional and polished. Avoid wearing uncomfortable clothing or anything super-tight or revealing: no one wants to see your underwear!
3. Ace the handshake.
This is often one of the first things you’ll do when you meet your interviewer, so make it count! Shake hands firmly, making eye contact as you do. Your grip should be firm (not too tight!), not too soft! Keep a smile while you do it; let the interviewer know you’re happy to have met them. And remember hand sanitiser!
4. Listen more than you talk.
You must show interest in what the interviewer says and be engaged in the conversation between you. The best way to do this is by letting them do most of the talking without seeming rude. When it is your turn to speak, be concise and to the point—don’t ramble on about things that aren’t relevant or interesting.
5. Make eye contact.
A simple way to show that you are paying attention and interested in what the person speaking to you is saying is by simply making eye contact with them while they talk. Looking around a room or at your reflection on a TV screen while someone is talking to you shows that you are not listening to what they are saying. This can come across as unprofessional during an interview. Make sure that while someone is speaking to you, you keep your eyes on them (not their nose!), keeping a smile on your face at all times. Remember hand sanitiser! Many people forget this crucial step!
6. Stay positive!
Even if you feel nervous, do your best to radiate positive energy. This will help ease some of those jitters that might otherwise have been much worse. Sit straight with a confident posture, hold your head high with a smile on your face and try to let the interviewer know from the moment they enter the room that you are enthusiastic about being there and interested in learning more about the position and company! Employers are looking for passionate candidates, so let your positive attitude shine through even when feeling nervous! You’ve landed the interview for your dream job. Congrats! Now it’s time to prepare, and that includes preparing your body language.
By following these simple body language tips, you can improve your chances of acing your following job interview and getting the job of your dreams!