When it comes to your interview performance, you have to focus on more than just what you say, but also how you say it. In fact, you could give all the right answers, yet if your body language says otherwise, it’s not going to make a favorable impression. What are some bad habits to avoid? Here’s a look.
A weak handshake.
Since the handshake occurs at the start of an interview, it sets the tone for the rest of it. Make sure yours is communicating confidence and competence. This means striking the right balance. Don’t offer a limp handshake the comes across as weak, or a vice-like one that crushes the interviewer’s hand. Instead, aim for a firm handshake, make eye contact and smile.
If you’re slouching, it shows a lack of confidence. If you’re reclining back fully in your chair, you’re going to communicate a sense of boredom and detachment. In addition, when you sit with your arms crossed, it sends the message that you’re feeling nervous or defensive. Instead, make sure you’re sitting up straight and leaning forward slightly to show you’re interested and engaged.
Interviews are nerve-wracking experiences. However, it’s important to come across as cool and calm. So avoid the urge to fidget, whether it’s biting your nails, tapping your foot, or twirling your hair. These types of habits will appear unprofessional and communicate a sense of nervousness to the hiring manager.
Too little or too much eye contact.
It’s critical to make eye contact during your interview. However, it has to be the right amount. Don’t make constant eye contact and stare at the interviewer, which can come across as aggressive. However, don’t avoid their gaze and look down at the floor either. Rather, make eye contact regularly as you’re listening and responding to questions. But balance it out with breaks where you look elsewhere, too.
If you have trouble with these or any other areas, how can you overcome them? The best way is through practice. Ask a friend or family member to conduct a mock interview with you. Give them some common questions you’d likely be asked so it’s as authentic as possible. You can even record yourself, so you can watch your body language, identify problem areas, and adjust courses where needed.
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