9 Common Nonverbal Mistakes Made At a Job Interview
Body language is important. VERY IMPORTANT! You can say what you want during a job interview, but if your body language tells a different story, you may seem insecure, unreliable or arrogant.
1. Failure to make eye contact - The eyes become the window into your interest level, confidence, self-esteem and professionalism during an interview. When you establish good eye contact, you'll feel heard and appear likable.
2. Having little or zero knowledge about the job or company that you are applying for- It gives you a huge advantage if research is done properly beforehand. We must find out what the company does and what they look for in a candidate. You’ll also be better prepared to answer questions and position yourself as the best candidate.
Use the right body language techniques to ace your job interview.
3. Lack of smile - During the first few seconds of the interview, a friendly smile will tell the interviewer you are easy going and enthusiastic. It also shows that you are confident in your abilities and eager to help others along.
4. Bad posture - When you have proper posture, it is a way to exude confidence to the interviewer. When you sit up straight and look straight ahead, it also encourages you to look directly into the interviewer’s eyes when speaking.
5. Fidgeting too much - An obvious sign to show that you are lack of confidence and a lack of preparation for the interview. Just remember, every body language counts!
6. Handshake that is too weak - If your handshake is weak or awkward, employers will start off with a negative impression of your candidacy. If your handshake is firm and confident, employers are more prone to finding you an ideal fit.
7. Playing with hair or touching face - People who play with their hair or excessively touch or rub their noses can seem dishonest and untrustworthy. Also try to avoid rubbing your head or neck, it can give the impression of being bored or disinterested.
8. Crossing arms over their chest - Sitting with your arms crossed, it just makes you look defensive and unapproachable.
9. Using too much hand gestures - If you play with your hands, fingers or jewelry too much you may be perceived as insecure and/or unreliable.
Article by Alfred Leo
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