Your body language can make or break your interviews. Avoid these body language mistakes that people commonly make during an interview.
If you want to connect with your interviewer, don’t:
- Cross your arms or legs or splay or legs. When in an interview, you should come across as approachable. To achieve this, keep your back straight, your head high, and your chest and arms “open.”
- Avoid eye contact. Avoiding eye contact is something insecure people do unconsciously, to avoid confrontation. In an interview, you need to come across as secure and confident, and one way of showing this is to look your interviewer in the eye while you’re speaking. When you look people in the eye, they will in turn pay more attention to you and what you’re saying because they’ll feel engaged.
- Stare at a single spot. Interviewers notice when you’re not looking at them. Looking down and staring at one spot while in an interview makes you look like you’re unsure of yourself and what you’re saying. Again, try to look your interviewer in the eye and they’ll pay close attention.
- Fidget too much. Fidgeting translates to nervousness, and nervousness is a total distraction. The interviewer ends up focusing on the fidgeting and not paying attention to what you’re saying. To avoid fidgeting, make sure you’re aware of it. Being conscious of your body and of your body language is a great way to avoid fidgeting. A great way to be conscious of your body language is to practice an interview in front of a mirror or with a friend.
- Forget to smile. Smiling is a great way to come across as approachable, make your interviewer feel comfortable and willing to listen.
- Talk “too fast, too slow, or too low.” If you speak too fast, your interviewer will have hard time following. If you speak to low or slow, you’ll probably bore them. Either way, your attempt to communicate why you’re a good fit for the job will be compromised. Again, practice in front of a mirror or with a friend, find the right volume and tone, work on emphasizing important words and expressions and articulate every syllable.