If you want to ace your next job interview, you should know that the way you act can count just as much as what you say because your body language reveals subconscious clues about your attitude or about your personality. Make sure that you are prepared for that interview, that you did your research, that you came up with a set of intelligent questions to ask the interviewers, that you are calm and that you will set your focus and your energy on who you will be meeting with. Don’t sabotage yourself and don’t let anxiety get in the way of your success! Here are a few body language tricks that will help you ace your next job interview that you should consider:
1. Deliver a Handshake with a Firm Grip
If you want to make sure that your body language is giving off the right vibes on your next job interview, the first thing you should do is to deliver a firm handshake when you first meet your interviewer. Also, make eye contact and smile while you introduce yourself since confident body language suggests that you may be the perfect candidate for that position.
2. Sit up Straight
Another important thing that you should do while you are on a job interview is to sit up straight with your feet firmly on the floor. Try to restrain your urge of shaking your foot, avoid fidgeting or slumping because you wouldn’t want to appear impatient or bored since this may come off as low self-esteem or disinterest.
3. Mirror the Interviewer’s Movements
By mirroring your interviewer’s small gestures and subtle breathing, you will show them that you are on the same page as them. Yet, try not to copy their every move, since I’m sure that you don’t want to seem creepy. Let’s say that if they cross their legs, you could cross your legs the opposite way or if they scratch their nose with their left hand, you could touch your face with your right hand.
4. Connect with Your Interviewer
Apart from mirroring your interviewer’s movements, if you want to ace that job interview, you should also try to connect with them on a deeper level. Show enthusiasm, be friendly and polite, nod, use your hands while talking but make sure that you don’t overdo it, otherwise you might distract them or you might make them think that you are being insincere.
5. Enunciate Clearly
Even if you are a bit nervous, try to calm down, speak slowly, deliberately, with confidence and resonance. Take your time to consider the questions you are asked and enunciate clearly. Be sincere, have faith in your abilities and show them that you are the best candidate for that position.
6. Smile a Lot
Even though a job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, don’t let anxiety overwhelm you. Relax and smile often (not too often tough since they might think that you are not taking things seriously). Ask questions and show interest in that position and in that company.
7. Walk out with Your Head Held High
Even though you think that you didn’t do too well on that interview, try to walk out with purpose and strength and leave with your head held high. This will show your interviewer that you are a confident and determined individual who will help their company get the best results so they might offer you that job even though you think that you could have done better on that interview.
When you go to a job interview, try to pay attention to your posture and to your body language, because you should convey confidence and competence in order to get that job. Do you know any other body language tricks that will help someone ace a job interview? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section!