How to Make Your Body Language Say the Right Things

You can easily say a mouthful without uttering a single sound. Actions speak louder than words so the message your body language sends comes out crystal clear.

People sometimes aren’t aware of their movements and don’t realize that the interviewer is taking it all in and processing it.

Answering interview questions can be tough enough to manage. Having your body language well-composed can help you in making sure that you make a good overall impression on the interviewer.

Here are some tips on how to make your body language worth a thousand bucks.

1) Attitude

Going in the interview with a good attitude will put you in the appropriate mindset that will translate in your body movements. It’s easy to tell when people in a good mood through their stance, the way they hold their head, and posture. Your positivity will also evoke your confidence.

2) Smile

This one is kind of a given. In fact, you’re more than likely to see people over doing it in an interview. Then again, depending on the situation, some might get the impression that they need to remain serious. Even in these instances, you want to show that you’re also friendly and approachable.

3) Greeting

A hand shake is the quickest way the interviewer establishes a rapport. A successful handshake can get the connection between you and the interviewer off on the right foot.

4) Voice

Make yourself a known presence. Nerves can often get the best of people and it becomes apparent in their voices. Either they are inaudible or they start to sound like mice. Having control of your voice is important to having clear and effective communication.

5) Eye Contact

This is another thing that nerves can hinder. But it’s extremely important to have eye contact in an interview to show that you are attentively listening. Interviewers want to have a conversation with you, not at you. Be responsive by nodding to show that you’re engaged in what they’re saying to you.

6) Posture

Leaning forward shows that you’re interested. When you lean back, you can almost seem to bored.  At the same time, keep a comfortable distance. Sitting up with an attentive posture is good professionalism.

7) Eyebrows

A stiff face can reflect a stiff personality. Raising your eyebrows adds a little animation to your demeanor. It’s another way to show that you’re actively engaged.

8) Arms

Refrain from crossing your arms as it can seem little defensive and resistant. It’s not a sign that you’re open and relaxed. Keep your posture open and comfortable to maintain that approachable appeal.

9) Hands

Using your hands while talking is similar to raising your eyebrows. The movement and animation in your body language shows enthusiasm in what’s going on. Again, a rigidity is hard to approach.

10) Attire

Your choice in attire for the interview is another example of your body language. It’s a visual representation of your tastes and the image you want others to perceive. The clothes worn in an interview are usually not what most people would wear in any other circumstance. Nonetheless, people still know the appropriate attire and will dress according to the occasion. To work in professional setting, you’ve got to look the part first.