Language in Interview
we sit, stand and move says a lot about who
we are and how we feel about ourselves. Your
body language can reinforce or detract from
what you say in the interview. It is important
to convey a strong, confident and open body
on positive body language:
Role-play your questions in front of a mirror
or video camera, or ask a friend to critique
your posture and gestures. Be sure they tell
you what you are doing right, as well as what
you could improve upon.
Shake hands with the primary interviewer when
entering and leaving the interview.
Smile. Be sure to convey interest and enthusiasm
with your facial expressions.
Use good eye contact.
Use gestures if appropriate.
Try not to freeze into one position. Breathe.
Try to eliminate nervous gestures such as
toe tapping, hair pulling, scratching, fidgeting
with props, etc.
Be comfortable but not too "laid back"
in your posture.
Interviewers' Body Language:
attention to the interviewers' body language.
Are they paying attention to you? Are they
turned toward you, leaning forward, nodding
and smiling? If so, great! You are on the
right track with your response to their question.
they turned away from you, not making eye
contact? Shuffling papers? Do they have a
posture that is slumped away from you? Are
their arms crossed in front of them? If so,
it is time to re-group. Your response to their
questions may be off track. Ask them to re-phrase
the question, are they interested in a particular
aspect of your response? Was all going well
in advance how you want to respond if their
body language shows that you are on the wrong
track, or have lost their interest.