When it comes to going on job interviews, your body language can have a significant impact on how you’re perceived. You have to be aware of it from the moment you step through the door to the moment you step out, as you’re being judged even before you say your first word. So, here are some do’s and don’ts to help you make your best first impression:
Slouch – Don’t sit hunched forward or lounge with your arms and legs everywhere. You don’t want to look too casual and relaxed. It might give off an “I just can’t be bothered” impression.
Touch Your face – Often, people who play with their hair or excessively touch or rub their faces can seem dishonest or untrustworthy. It can also give off the impression of being uncomfortable, unapproachable or simply bored.
Move About – Try not to fidget about so much. This includes tapping your fingers on the arm rest or jiggling your leg up or down. It’s a sign of boredom and impatience. So, keep both feet planted firmly on the floor to avoid the temptation.
Make Eye Contact – Making eye contact is the best way to show that you’re actually paying attention and engaged in the situation. If there’s more than one interviewer in the room
Be sure to make eye contact with everyone.
Smile – A smile shows that you’re both friendly and confident. So, smile and nod whenever appropriate. It’s even ok to laugh when appropriate. You want to show that you have a personality and that you’re paying attention to what’s being said.
Your goal should be to always keep the focus on the conversation. So, keep your expression interested, your posture confident and your head high from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.