Correct Body Language in Your Interviewing Process

January 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm (Assignments, PRCA 3711)

With the struggles of the job market, more and more employers are looking beyond what looks impressive on paper. The interview is the time to most impress your possible future employer not only with what you can offer the company if they hire you but also how you present yourself and conduct yourself within the interview. Careerbuilder.com has a list for Body Language Do’s and Don’ts and this is where I derived part of my list of how to conduct yourself in a job interview.

  • Make sure to shake the interviewers hand with a firm grasp (not to firm) and make eye contact while saying “hello.”
  • Avoid fidgeting at all costs. This can make you seem uninterested as well as show your possible future employer that you don’t have the ability to focus your attention for a long period of time.
  • Give positive expressions and “head nods,” without looking too much like a bobble head.
  • If you are doing a phone interview, STAND. Standing is proven to increase your level of alertness
  • Sit up straight, showing alertness and attentiveness. Slouching can make you look lazy and too comfortable, which is not a good image to portray in the hiring process. Nobody wants to hire a lazy employee.
  • Keep a smile on your face (not an all to fake smile, but a genuine smile). Smiling shows openness and friendliness.
  • If you are not sure about what to do with your hands, loosely clasp them in front of you. Keep your hands away from your face, it may indicate you are lying. Crossing your arms shows a defensive state. Waving your arms around shows unprofessional ism. The less you move your arms and hands, the more confident you will seem.
  • Make sure your goodbye hand shake is just as firm and confident as the initial hello handshake and greeting.

According to Forbes.com, the first impression is made within the first three to seven seconds of meeting someone. According to the article, Is your body betraying you in job interviews?, 55% of that first impression is based on body language alone. Here are some different body languages cues than stated above:

  • Sitting with crossed legs while shaking a leg or wiggling her foot may suggest you are nervous on uncomfortable.
  • Staring at the floor shows lack of interest.
  • Rubbing the back of your head suggest boredom.
  • Positioning your body towards the door indicates you want to end the conversation quickly.

How to use nonverbal communication to impress, is an article found on about.com which tells job interviewees a few small tips on how to communicate non verbally in the interview process. Some of the small tips that were pointed out in the article were simple things such as: don’t chew gum, don’t wear too much perfume, wear enough deodorant, don’t smell of cigarette smoke. The way you present yourself from the moment you step out of your car until you drive away after the interview can impact your possible future employer and your chances at the job of your dreams. Even the way you greet and conduct yourself in front of the receptionist/secretary can impact your chances. Make sure to be friendly but not too overbearing. The interviewer is likely to ask the receptionist what they thought of you, whether this will be your appearance or how you conducted yourself while you were waiting for your interview.

In a previous post, I recapped a professional session concerning interview tips which I attended at PRSSA’s National Conference in San Diego.

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6 Comments

  1. kdwhigham said,

    I am so picky about hand shakes, especially at interviews! I hate when, just because I’m female, men give me a weak handshake. My dad also taught me to give a strong one, to show that you are strong person.

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  3. smcclou3 said,

    I totally agree with kdwhigham about men giving weak handshakes. I find that either a man will give me an extremely weak handshake or a death grip; it doesn’t help that I wear two rings on my shaking hand and they squeeze so tightly that it causes my rings to pinch. Instead of leaving a positive impression they leave a memory of pain. It’s kind of unfortunate that 55% of first impressions are based on body language. I would think that future employers would like to see a bit of nervousness in a potential employee. There’s the possibility of it showing that the person values the position.

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  5. Antonio said,

    Bosy language is something hard to read. We discovered the secrets to non verbals in one of my COMS classes. There are no secrets.

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