When you’re on an interview, you may think that your mouth is doing all the talking, but your body is also telling recruiters what they want to know.
Good body language is essential during an interview, as it can potentially tip the scale in your favor when all else is nearly equal compared to other candidates.
Here’s a quick primer on body language during an interview you’ll want to start practicing now:
1. Talk with Your Hands
The worst thing you could do is hide them. This move is usually associated with nervousness and dishonesty, neither of which you want to signal to an interview.
If you don’t know what to do with your hands, use them to “help” you talk. A few (don't go crazy like Italians do!) hand gestures can make you look confident and collected about what you’re saying.
2. Lean In
Most people naturally lean in when they’re engaged in a conversation. Keep your chest high and shoulders back as you slightly lean forward to show you’re interested and listening.
3. Show Your Palms
Open palms are a symbol of honesty and trustworthiness, so make it a point to turn your palms up at some point. Any form of upward-facing body language, such as smiling or sitting up straight, can give off energetic vibes.
4. Nod Your Head
While the interviewer is talking, nod your head to show you’re listening. You don’t need to go full bobblehead on them, but a brief nod every few sentences will show you’re still with them.
5. Look at the Face, Not Just the Eyes
Direct eye contact can be a good thing, but you don’t want to stare into the hiring manager’s eyes the entire time. Instead, opt for direct face contact. Look at a different part of their face every few seconds to look engaged.
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