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Your Body Language Will Make Or Break Your Job Interview

by Alexander Richardson 12 months ago in interview
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Your Body Language Will Make Or Break Your Job Interview
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Whether it’s in person or on a zoom call, a job interview can be nerve wracking. It’s easy to get caught up in the mindset that your every move is being observed by the hiring manager. Whether it’s one on one or a group interview. Some people think that their every move is being analyzed which causes them to get nervous and act in ways they wouldn’t normally. All the interviewers want to see is that you’re engaged and have genuine interest in the job you’re applying for, and where that begins is with your body language.

1. It’s a conversation, not a test

The goal of a job interview is to learn a little about the credentials of the applicant and who they are as a person. Keeping that in mind will allow you to relax yourself and not give off signs that the interviewer may misinterpret. Having good body language will also make it easier for the interviewer to speak with you, making the conversation that much easier.

2. Stay attentive

During an interview, there can be a lot of information that gets thrown at you at once. Even if you’re struggling to pay attention, make sure to keep your back straight and maintain eye contact with the speaker, whether you’re in person or on a zoom call. It won’t be a good look if the interviewer notices your lack of attention when they’re explaining an important aspect of the company. Even when they’re talking about something pointless, just look like you’re engaged. It’s better than blatantly ignoring the person that will decide if you get the job or not.

3. Talk with your hands

Again, the interview is only a conversation so there’s nothing wrong with talking with your hands. For most people, it helps people get their thoughts out as they speak and it’s a natural thing for people to do. Don’t overdo it by waving your hands in the air, just let your body loosen up so the interviewer knows that you’re becoming engaged in the conversation.

4. Don’t overdo it

The interviewer will, of course, ask you questions about yourself. Where you’re from, what you like to do, what your favorite foods are, etc. Don’t be afraid to go in a bit of detail about yourself. It will make you come across as genuine and will let the interviewer know you’re invested in the conversation. What you don’t want to do is go overboard with your life stories and talk about yourself too much. Maybe one short story that’s relevant to the field of work your applying for will win over the interviewer, but don’t go on a tangent about the camera quality on your phone for thirty minutes when you’re applying for a job as a waiter.

5. Relax but not too relaxed

As stated before, relaxing yourself will allow you to feel comfortable and will make it easier to express your thoughts, but make sure not to get too relaxed to the point you’re slouching or look bored. Make sure to remember you’re still in a professional setting, not relaxing at home with your friends. Getting too relaxed will make you look inattentive and uninterested. It might be able to slide in a group interview but in a one on one. You could lose the opportunity to get the job because of it.

6. Don't focus on one person

Some interviews will have you in a room with multiple reviewers. Make sure NOT to keep eye contact on the most senior in the room when speaking. Make sure to give all of them respect because they all play a part in choosing whether you get the job or not.

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About the author

Alexander Richardson

I've been writing for over 5 years now and I'd love for the chance to share my work with others. I specialize with creative writing and short stories.

Feel free to message me on Instagram @alexander45678901

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