The old saying goes that first impressions count. Never has this been truer in the competitive and short-time scaled environment of a job interview.
Your appearance, body language and confidence will play a significant role in showcasing who you really are, and when it comes to job interviews, you need to be aware of just what your body language is saying – because it could affect your chances of getting the job.
Make a good first impression through your body language
Popular wisdom says that you have seven seconds to make a first impression – although some would say the time required is even shorter. You need to start impressing from the moment you walk into the interview room. Stand tall, pull your shoulders back, and prepare to amaze.
It starts with the first handshake
One of your first opportunities to impress is when you first greet your interviewer with a handshake. It sends an immediate message and you want it to be a good one. No limp wrists and no vice-like grip. Make sure you shake the hand of every person on the interview panel, looking each interviewer in the eye as you do so.
Don’t get animated
Avoid fidgeting or nervous gestures. Instead, simply rest your hands in an upright position in your lap if you’re unsure of what to do. Keeping your hands in check may be difficult for some but if nothing else, avoid finger pointing at all costs.
Learn the value of a smile
A job interview can be a serious business but don’t be afraid to smile.. By doing so, you’re likely to loosen up and be more comfortable for the remainder of the interview. It will also help you build a connection with your interviewer.
Avoid arm-crossing at all costs
While it may be a comfortable position for many, resist the urge to fold your arms and cause unnecessary barriers between you and your interviewer. Make sure you sit in an upright and attentive position for the duration of your interview.
Crossing your arms can give off the wrong impression. Not only is this gesture blocking you physically but research also suggests there’s a higher possibility you will absorb less information. In other words, uncrossing your arms also unblocks your mind – so at your next job interview, don’t forget to keep your arms and mind open.
There seem to be a lot of rules when it comes to using body language to your advantage, but these key points will help you leave a positive impression at your next interview and beyond.