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7 ways to master body language in an interview


7 ways to master body language in an interview

If you've been on multiple job interviews, you've probably heard the old adage - or seen firsthand - that it's not just what you say or how you say it. In addition, hiring managers and others at the company are likely to pick up on non-verbal cues in your body language, and these can make or break your opportunity to get the job you want.

With that in mind, below are seven ways your body language can improve any job interview:

1) Sit up straight

Slouching is one of the biggest indicators that you're not confident or comfortable, and is often seen as the biggest no-no in the body language department, according to Mashable. That may be especially true at a job interview. As a general rule, then, it's a good idea to sit with your feet flat on the ground and your back or shoulders touching the chair as much as possible.

2) Make the right amount of eye contact

Eye contact is vital to most human interactions and too much or too little can be off-putting for a hiring manager, Mashable added. When either one of you is talking, it's important to make eye contact every few seconds, but holding a person's gaze too long, or never meeting it at all, is not a good idea.

3) Keep your hands moving

If you sit with your hands in your lap or otherwise aren't gesturing too much, some hiring managers may not get as much out of your interview, Mashable further advised. Experts recommend using your hands to gesture when making a point, but not to do things like shuffle papers, click a pen and so on.

4) Don't cross your legs

While it may be more comfortable or natural to you to cross your legs during the interview, it often comes across as being too casual, according to The Balance Careers. As mentioned above, you should sit with your feet flat on the ground, not only because it looks better, but also because it shows you're confident without saying you have an overly relaxed attitude.

5) Don't fidget

Many people have a tendency to crack their knuckles, shake their leg, bite their nails and so on when they're in a nervous situation, The Balance Careers noted. And while job interviews understandably produce a lot of nerves, you're better off consciously avoiding those habits so you continue to project confidence.

6) Just smile and nod

When another person in the interview room is talking, it's important that they think you're picking up on what they're saying, according to Monster. Smiling and nodding along with them is therefore a good idea, and so too is mixing in the occasional, "Yes," or "Of course," so you seem more engaged in the conversation.

7) Get up and leave well

Finally, when an interview is over, it's a good idea to stand, shake hands with the person (or people) you interviewed with, make eye contact once again, and thank them for their time, Monster suggested. If you brought any items into the room with you, like a purse or briefcase, pick them up as you walk out the door with your shoulders back and your head held high.

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