The Do's and Don'ts of Body Language
Updated: Mar 27, 2018
Walk in confidently– It’s important you look as professional as possible from the outset. As soon as you walk into the building you’ll begin to be judged on your behaviour. There are even instances where recruiters watch from their office as candidates arrive, to see how their body language changes
Deliver a firm handshake
Come on too weak and you’ll seem submissive, but come on too strong and you could be seen to be trying too hard. Keep it firm, but try not to crush their fingers. Finally, to avoid awkward situations, always remember to let go.
Sit up straight:
void being too stiff, but try to sit up straight, keeping the small of your back against the chair. Keep your legs straight and as still as possible. It’s ok to lean forward slightly every so often, as it shows the interviewer that you’re listening, but don’t overdo it.
Keep eye contact
Maintaining eye contact shows the interviewer you’re not intimidated, and that you’re taking everything in. If you feel uncomfortable, look away for a few seconds or try looking at their nose. Around 10 seconds of good eye contact at a time is a good guideline.
Recruiters seldom employ miserable people. It’s ok to be nervous, but a smile can go a long way. It makes you look more relaxed, comfortable and personable. To put it simply, it will make you more likeable.
Watch your hands
Most people have trouble with this one. It’s fine to be animated and gesticulate with your hands to make a point, but don’t go overboard. Keep your arms uncrossed and your hands away from your face (touching your nose or ear is sometimes said to indicate lying).
A good tip is to ask if you can take notes. It makes you look like you’re paying attention, and also keeps your hands busy.