Is Your Body Language Costing You the Job?

Job seekers know that picking the right words to convey your enthusiasm and qualification for a job in an interview is SO important. What about body language? Did you know that your body language can cost you the job? In these stats from Business2Community, hiring managers gave the following reasons for a job candidate not receiving a job offer:

  • 67 percent said it was due to failure to make eye contact,

  • 33 percent said it was due to bad posture,

  • 21 percent said it was for crossing their arms,

  • 26 percent said it was due to a weak handshake,

  • 38 percent said it was due to overall confidence, lack of smile and quality of voice.

So, what can you do in an interview to convey a confident and positive body language? Our best tips are below!

1. Shake hands

Remembering good body language starts from the very beginning of the interview. ou should always start an interview by shaking hands with your interviewer. You are far more likely to be remembered if you do, and your interviewer will react by being friendlier and more open.

2. Sit up straight

Slouching can make you look lazy and uninterested whereas, sitting up straight is seen as a sign of intelligence, confidence, and credibility. If you’re a natural sloucher, pretend there’s a string pulling you up from the crown of your head.

3. Make eye contact

In the stats above, 67 percent of hiring managers said their reason for not hiring a candidate was because they didn’t make eye contact. Look your interviewer in the eye while shaking their hand and maintain regular — but not overly persistent — eye contact throughout the interview. Constant eye contact can be perceived as intimidation so try to look away from time to time.

4. Smile!

You want to smile when you first meet the person and shake their hand when you talk about subjects you are passionate about and at the end of the interview while saying goodbye.

5. Nod your head

Aside from keeping eye and face contact, nodding your head while listening is an additional way to show attentiveness.

6. Keep your arms and legs uncrossed

Crossing your arms and legs makes you appear defensive, uninterested, or guarded.


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