When it comes to job interviews, non-verbal cues can speak louder than words. Your body language, facial expressions, and gestures play a crucial role in shaping the impression you make on your potential employers. While preparing for an interview, it's essential to not only focus on what you say but also be aware of the non-verbal cues you may inadvertently be sending. Check out our 4 non-verbal cues that you should avoid during an interview.
Not making good eye contact can be a problem. If you avoid looking at your interviewer, they might think you're not interested or can't be trusted. But staring at them too intensely can also make you seem too aggressive. So, try to find a middle ground and look at your interviewer from time to time. This helps them see that you're confident and reliable. If you don't maintain good eye contact, the interviewer might start doubting what you're saying and might even want to end the interview early.
Moving around a lot during the interview, like tapping your pen or making quick, nervous movements, shows that you're feeling anxious. Most employers like to hire people who seem confident and in control. It's okay to be a bit nervous, but try to calm down. Take a deep breath, look your interviewer in the eye, and give them a friendly smile. Put yourself into an employer's position. Would you want to hire someone who looks too panicky?
Speaking With Your Hands Too Much
When nervous and under pressure, some interviewees have a tendency to highlight their verbal statements through extensive hand gestures. Well-dosed hand gestures are actually part of a good interview performance, but don't let it get to the point where you are speaking with your hands. If it is too much, the impression of "confident and competent" might skip to "nervous and restless.”
Making Yourself 'Small'
When we are stressed, we want to disappear. Sometimes, without realising it, people will show this through their body language. This can mean slouching in your chair, crossing your arms tightly, or hunching your shoulders. When you do this, it can make you seem less confident and maybe even a bit timid. So, sit up straight, keep your arms relaxed, and take up a bit of space in your chair. It shows you're confident, and ready for the job and also makes you feel more relaxed. Making yourself small can give the impression that you're not fully sure of yourself, and that's not what you want to convey in an interview. So, sit comfortably, use open body language, and show you're ready to tackle the opportunity.
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