Approximately 35% of face-to-face communication is spoken. Nonverbal communication accounts for more than 65 percent of all communication. The things you don’t say, from your facial expressions to your actions, can frequently convey more than the spoken word. Nowhere is this more evident than during a job interview. Body language, whether in person or on film, may make or break your chances of securing tha you want. You’ll be able to project confidence at your next interview and land your ideal job if you used these body language methods to your repertoire.
#1 Pay Attention to Your Posture
Slouching is a red flag, whether in person or on video. It demonstrates a lack of self-assurance and regard for interviewers. Leaning forward and sitting on the edge of your chair is usually considered favorable body language. It will demonstrate that you are truly interested in what the other person is saying. Just be careful not to encroach on the interviewer’s personal space by leaning in too close. If you’re doing a virtual interview, make sure the camera is at eye level and that you’re visible from the waist up. The ability to see your fac will ial emotions and hand movements will help you make real human connections.
#2: Don’t fidget
Even via video, nervous motions during an interview might be distracting. Fidgeting with your hands, twirling your hair, or bouncing your leg are all bad ideas. Even if your leg isn’t visible on camera, the rest of your body will be moving, which will cause the interviewer to become distracted. Keep your hands away from your face. Candidates who frequently touch their faces are thought to be untrustworthy and dishonest. Rubbing your head or neck, on the other hand, gives the impression that you are bored or indifferent. Sneaking a glance at your phone is another tense behavior. Don’t do that in a virtual interview any more than you would in a face-to-face interview.
#3 Maintain eye contact
When it comes to video, one of the most common mistakes people do is looking at themselves during the interview. Make an attempt to gaze into the camera instead. You can practice by pretending to be a person in front of the camera or by hiding your self-view during virtual meetings. That will have a significant impact on how you interact with the interviewer. The same rule applies whether you’re talking to someone face to face. You obviously don’t want to be stared at. However, maintaining appropriate eye contact demonstrates good manners and makes applicants appear nice and appealing. Good eye contact in an interview implies you are interested and appreciative of the employer’s time. Poor eye contact is regarded as impolite and can make a candidate appear uninterested in the job, the interviewer, or the compensation, to name a few examples.”
#4: Smiling is good, but not so much as to make you look as a lunatic
Smiling can have a detrimental effect on job candidates, according to a study done by Northeastern University’s psychology department. It is especially hazardous to those who work in sectors that are regarded as more serious, such as reporting, management, and data entry. Smiling was not as detrimental to applicants for jobs that were perceived to be more sociable, such as teaching or sales. That is not to argue that you should never grin. In general, smiling at the start and finish of a job interview is suitable. However, if you smile the entire time, you may seem odd.
#5 Practice active listening
Active listening is an important part of any interview, whether it’s virtual or in person. Pay attention to the tone of your interviewer’s speech, as well as his or her facial expressions and body language. When your concentration begins to wander during the job interview, remind yourself to focus. Using nonverbal indicators to express understanding, such as nodding, eye contact, and leaning forward, is an important active listening method. Consider using verbal affirmations like “I see,” “I know,” or “I understand” to add to the dialogue. A sense of empathy for the other person is also an important part of active listening. Demonstrate concern for the interviewer by asking clear clarification questions.
It is said that making a first impression takes only seven seconds. To communicate the right message, practice utilizing good body language. A few small tweaks will go a long way toward improving your chances of acing the interview.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021
Body Language Techniques to Help You in an Interview
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