How To Avoid Confusing Body Language During Interviews

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During every interview you get, your body language is transmitting something very important to your interviewing interviewer and indirectly affecting how you feel about yourself at that time. It is important that your body language during an interview displays you as a confident, competent, and happy person. If you do not convey the right message to your interviewers, you are going to come off as not serious, professional, or even friendly. Below are a few tips to help you with your interview body language.

First Impression Is Last Impression

First impressions count, but how you initially make your impression is paramount. Keep in mind, the interviewer does not have the ability to see into your soul, so your physical actions and mannerisms are crucial. One surefire way to let your interviewers know that you are serious and trustworthy is to maintain direct eye contact with them throughout the interview. When an interviewer maintains direct eye contact, you convey the impression that you are one of the most trustworthy candidates. Also, when you maintain eye contact, you avoid looking like you are fidgeting.

Keep Your Arms At Your Side

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Another surefire way to make sure that you come across as professional is to keep your arms at your side throughout the interview. An easy way to give the impression that you are unsure of yourself is to keep your arms at your side with your fingertips pointed upwards. An uncomfortable person often has their arms at their side with their fingers pointing out. When you keep your arms at your side, you project the impression that you are comfortable and secure, which are the qualities an interviewer is looking for in someone to be a part of their team.

When an interviewer asks you to demonstrate what types of documents you are able to produce, you want to make sure that you demonstrate with confidence using both your hands. It is natural for some people to hold their hands lower than the rest of their body, but this is not appropriate during a professional setting. Instead, maintain firm hand gestures with both of your hands, with your thumb pointing upwards and your middle finger pointing straight at your fingertips. The appropriate hand gesture to use during a professional handshake is one that is firm, but not firm enough to cause someone to feel intimidated or confused.

Two Things

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It is important to remember that an interviewer is looking at two things when they are asking you a question: your qualifications, and your personality. When you exhibit interview body language that conveys confidence, you also will exude a level of professionalism. When you are asked to describe your experience, describe it in terms that you are comfortable with. When your interviewer asks about your personal experiences, answer this in terms of what you are interested in learning about the company.

Last Words 

The last type of interview body language is one of uncomfortable silence. When a candidate is interviewed by multiple people, they tend to become uncomfortable with the number of people present. For this reason, they may try to stay on the silent side, which will make them appear aloof and distant. To avoid this, you need to maintain eye contact with each candidate, even if you don’t feel comfortable talking to them. Make sure that you convey that you are interested in them, and that you want to know more about them. If you maintain eye contact, you will also ensure that you stand out as someone who is confident and capable.

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