And…. we’re back. As we know from last week’s blog, it’s not only what you say during an interview, it’s how you say it that often determines getting, or not getting the job. Your body language tells a lot about you, so always be aware of not only what you’re saying but how you are saying it. Confidence, for example, goes a very long way.
As promised, here are some more Do’s and Don’t-You-Dares, Body Language Edition:
Do… offer a firm handshake. Practice with friends and family members to perfect your professional handshake. Covertly wipe your hand before the shake if nerves strike and you have sweaty palms.
Don’t you dare… slouch or squirm. When you take a seat for the interview, sit all the way back in your chair, with both feet on the floor keeping your back straight—lean just slightly towards your interviewer to appear interested and engaged. Readjust your position as little as possible.
Do… make eye contact. Proper eye contact lasts for about 10 seconds before you look away and then re-establish eye contact for another 10-second stretch. Remember to blink (and nod when appropriate!).
Don’t you dare… fidget. Keep your hands casually clasped together on the table or in your lap—you can gesture with your hands while talking, but don’t nervously touch your hair or face. And remember to keep both feet on the ground; if you do cross your legs, don’t continually re-cross them.
Do… turn off your phone and store it out of sight. If you forget and your phone rings or signals during the interview, apologize and quickly turn it off—don’t answer the call or respond to the text!
Don’t you dare… yawn. Try to get a good night’s sleep before the interview so you arrive rested. And don’t you dare look at your watch, not even once, during the interview.
Do… leave with confidence. When the interview is over simply stand up, smile, and shake the interviewer’s hand. Be sure to look him or her in the eye, and say something along the lines of “thank you for your time; I look forward to hearing from you” and promptly exit the room. Be sure to say good-bye to the receptionist as well.
Remember, everything you do during an interview speaks volumes about your potential as an employee. Follow our advice to present yourself in your best light.
P.S. In these posts, we’ve included a few relevant tips on appearance that we expand upon in the Interview Dress Code edition of Do’s and Don’t-You-Dares—be sure to check it out if you haven’t already!