Once we receive an interview call, somewhat mixed emotions run through us – that of excitement and anxiety. However, cracking an interview might not be a cakewalk. Moreover, only degree and experience are not the only requirements for an interview. There are other aspects that an employer is expected to notice while interviewing a candidate. Among them, what counts a lot is an individual’s body language. Very few people tend to realize the importance of body language or non-verbal communication in an interview.
As a candidate you may be saying all the right things, but the panelists also look forward to your attitude and the way you are putting things across the table. Consider the following issues while appearing for an interview as scrutiny begins the moment you step in.
Mind Your Attire
Never step into the interview panel adjusting your attire. If someone leads you to the room, follow the person. That only shows that you understand and respect protocol. Avoid an overly strong handshake or an assertive way of greeting. Though considered normal, this might not leave behind a very good impression.
According to HR experts, a trustworthy candidate is likely to score more than a confident one. Making soft eye contact with the panelists is considered good. It is advisable that you sit only when you are asked to and avoid keeping your bag on your lap.
Eye contact with the interviewer is very important. As a candidate, you are expected to have direct but soft eye contact with the panelists as this ensures that you are confident. In case you do not, that might imply that you are nervous and lack confidence. If you are being interviewed by a panel, make random eye contact with all the interviewers.
Sit upfront with your feet on the ground. Sit in a way so that you occupy as much space as possible. Never lean backwards or even downwards as that might give the impression that you are being arrogant.
Keep your back and head straight. This shows you are being neutral to whatever is being discussed. Tilting your head slightly, nodding in an affirmative way shows that you are listening to your employer and equally participating in the interaction. However do not move your head much. You should know where to draw the line as too much of movement might ruin your reputation.
Now let’s focus on the limbs. How you manage your arms and hands during an interview says a lot about you. Never cross your arms or grip them tightly as it is a sure sign of defensiveness or being impolite.
Take a seat only when you are offered. Never lean backwards or in front as these might indicate two things – you are either being aggressive or not taking much interest. In experts opinion you must sit straight but not in a rigid manner. A theory also propounds that keeping both feet on the ground allows us to use both the hemisphere equally.
Avoid Telling a Lie
Never try to cover up something by telling a lie. Your resume should carry facts pertaining to education and experience.
If you lie at the interview, your body might react against it because subconsciously the brain sends signals and that gets reflected in your body language.
There are subtle signs and gestures that can suggest confidence. These include rubbing lightly below the eyes or nose. Nodding your head slightly or forming a church steeple with your fingers is indicative of your confidence.
Once you are done with your interview, do not let go your composure. Gather all your belongings and leave with a smile. Even if you have slipped a little during the interview, a confident goodbye can help make up for it.
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