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Even under the best of circumstances, preparing for a job interview can be nerve-wracking. What do you need to bring? In order to avoid coming across as overly eager, what time should you arrive for the interview? So you’ve been hired and the employer wants to know how much you expect to be paid.
While it’s never a good idea to show up to an interview unprepared, your demeanor is far more essential. When it comes to making a strong first impression, it all comes down to your body language.
In addition to maintaining proper posture and eye contact, body language is a kind of nonverbal communication. Some body language signs show that you’re afraid or nervous, and this is often communicated unconsciously. The right body language, on the other hand, sets the tone for the rest of the interview by showing that you’re confident.
In fact, your body language could be more important than your resume’s qualities or the answers you give during the interview. So, here’s what you need to be aware of:
Keep Obstructions Away From Your Body
Your arrival in the interview room gives the interviewer their initial impression of you. Avoid using your right hand if you must carry a purse or briefcase. You don’t want to be fumbling with your hands during the handshake. Maintain eye contact and a solid handshake until the other person releases the handshake. In conversation, it I also helpful to know the interviewer’s name and to use it naturally throughout.
Additionally, you must keep an approachable and welcoming demeanor at all times. Do not let your possessions or bag get in the way of your introduction. As a basic self-preservation action, this body language reveals a sense of anxiety or uncertainty. Read more about anxiety and body language at https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/body-language/.
Be Considerate Of Other People’s Privacy
Your body language should be open and positive, but don’t get too close to the interviewer.
If you get too close to the interviewers, they will likely back away to keep a fair distance between you and the others. Use your best judgment here to avoid coming across as overly enthusiastic.
Look Your Interviewer In The Eyes
Often, people assume that the more eye contact they create with someone else, the better off they will be. When you’re looking for the right amount of eye contact, it’s all about finding that sweet spot. Keeping it for an extended period of time is interpreted as staring. When you don’t look at someone, you show that you’re not interested, disinterested, and lacking in confidence.
Keep An Eye On Your Hands
You can tell when someone is nervous or uncomfortable by their facial expressions. Don’t succumb to the temptation to fidget or engage in other stress-relieving activities. Avoid excessive hand gesturing when speaking, regardless of how expressive you are with family and friends.In this case, subtle body language is crucial. The best way to show that you are confident in your body language is to use your hands in a way that shows both restraint and excitement.
Maintain Proper Posture
It’s a well-known fact, but it’s worth reiterating. Slightly lean toward the interviewer as they are speaking to you during your job interview. It makes you appear calm and involved in the conversation, while maintaining your composure. Slouching must be avoided at all costs.
Mirror The Interviewer’s Mannerisms And Facial Expressions
Researchers have shown that mirroring body language improves trust and rapport between people, strengthening the bonds that bind them.
Handshakes, smiles, nods, and other body language should be timed to coincide with the intensity or duration of each other’s. In order to avoid appearing as if you’re copying, make sure your work doesn’t look too similar to other people’s.
Remember To Smile
While you should never smile so much that it becomes unnatural or uncomfortable, you should always smile. This shows the interviewer that you are eager, warm, and reliable. It also shows confidence in yourself and your situation. Smiling has also been shown to improve your mood, which makes you smile more and therefore appear as a more appealing candidate.