Getting ready for a job interview? Landing your next role isn’t just about nailing the right verbal responses. You may also be sending some nonverbal cues that you’re unaware of through your body language. And it’s proven that the right gestures, posture, and level of eye contact can immediately make job candidates come across as more competent, confident and trustworthy.
Inspire have put together 5 pointers to keep in mind before walking into your next job interview:
1. Don’t underestimate the importance of eye contact.
A study at the University of Wolverhampton showed that eye contact can make your statements more memorable. That can go a long way when you’re looking to make a positive, lasting impression on a potential employer.
Be careful not to go overboard. Making too direct eye contact can overwhelm your interviewer. The key is to strike the right balance, presenting as both attentive and at ease.
So, getting in the right kind of eye contact can make a strong positive impression on hiring managers, helping them remember you are confident responses.
2. Talk with your hands.
Not positive about what to do with your hands during your interview? When we’re nervous, it’s natural to hide our hands because they can make our anxiety apparent. But it turns out that communicating with your hands can help.
Keeping your hands hidden can come across as distrustful—the last impression you want to make as a job candidate. So, go ahead and gesture while you’re speaking. Make sure you aren’t making your gestures too large or exaggerated. Instead, imagine keeping them contained in a box under your chin.
Making subtle gestures can make you more memorable and approachable, making it easier for your interviewer to relate and connect with you. It also keeps you from playing with your hair, touching your face, or falling prey to other attributes. Confident Hands!
3. Keep your palms open.
Keeping your palms up and open signals honesty and shows that you’re engaged. This isn’t just speculation – it’s science. The open-palm approach triggers a response in the limbic brain—putting your interviewers at ease by showing your positive response to them. And as a bonus, open and upward-facing palms when combined with a relaxed smile and good posture make you come across more energetic. You’ll radiate nothing but enthusiasm for your potential employer and position—positive vibes abound!
4. Sit up, back, and straight.
Ready to come across as both attentive and confident? It may sound like an old cliché, but good posture can go a long way. Make sure your back is straight against the chair. Sit firmly to signal confidence to your interviewer. If you’re prone to slouching, try to sit up straight while keeping your posture natural without looking forced or rigid. If you are stiff as a board, you will appear more anxious about the interview than you are.
5. Let your interviewer know you’re listening.
“Smile and nod” gets a bad rap. It really can help! Besides eye to eye contact, nodding your head while listening to your interviewer shows your attentiveness. Throughout the interview, as they’re describing their goals for the position and their department, nodding your head shows you appreciate and understand what’s being said. A simple way to score some serious subconscious points.
Make sure you’re also taking opportunities to lean in when others in the interview are sharing. Leaning shows that you’re interested. Leaning forward slightly and keeping your shoulders back and down immediately lets your interviewers know that you’re fully engaged and care about what they have to say—both qualities they’re looking for in the future hire. Your posture plays a huge role in nonverbal communication.
If leaning in signals that you’re liking what the other person is saying, it’s easy to understand why leaning back is a big no-no. Leaning back can be easily misinterpreted as boredom, indifference, or a general lack of interest. This could make you seem less serious or passionate about the position. Leaning in shows that special spark hiring managers want to see from candidates they’re interviewing.
We, at Inspire, say “Be you!”. We also know that it can be a nerve-racking time, especially if not experienced in the interview process. We spend so much energy on second-guessing the Interviewer, thinking up answers and concentrating. Remember to give off some nonverbal positive, attentive vibes to give the authenticity of your interactions
Go get ‘em !!