Body language do’s and don’ts during your interview
The team here at META Employment Services knows that you’ve polished your resume, fine-tuned your cover letter, and you’re ready to impress at your interview. But remember, there’s more to the story than just what you say; it’s also about how you say it! Yes, we’re talking about body language, and it plays a crucial role in the overall impression you make.
Here are some essential do’s and don’ts for body language during interviews. Let’s get started!
DO: Maintain Eye Contact
Keep your gaze steady and make regular eye contact with your interviewer. This shows you’re engaged and confident. But remember, there’s a fine line between maintaining eye contact and staring. So, don’t forget to blink!
DON’T: Cross Your Arms
Keep your arms uncrossed and your body language open. Crossed arms can appear defensive or closed off. Instead, try resting your hands in your lap or on the table, showing you’re open and receptive.
DO: Offer a Firm Handshake
A firm handshake is a universal sign of confidence. It conveys your enthusiasm and readiness for the job. Don’t crush your interviewer’s hand, but a solid grasp goes a long way.
Sit up straight! Good posture indicates you’re attentive and interested. Slouching, on the other hand, might give the impression you’re uninterested or lazy.
DO: Nod When Appropriate
Nodding shows you’re listening and understanding what’s being said. It’s a simple yet effective way to show you’re actively engaged in the conversation.
Keep the fidgeting to a minimum. Tapping your foot, twirling your hair, or bouncing your leg can be distracting and signal nervousness. If you’re unsure what to do with your hands, fold them in your lap or on the table.
Smiling shows you’re approachable, friendly, and positive – all great qualities for a potential employee. Plus, it helps put both you and your interviewer at ease.
Now that you’re armed with these body language tips, you’re ready to go out there and ace your interview! But if you’re still feeling unsure or nervous, remember: Practice makes perfect.
That’s where META Employment Services comes in.
At META, we’re here to help job seekers like you nail every aspect of the job search, from crafting your resume to preparing for the interview, and yes – even mastering your body language. We understand that interviewing can be nerve-wracking, but you don’t have to do it alone.
Interested in learning more? Let’s chat! We’re eager to help you impress employers with your skills, confidence, and positive body language. Reach out today to book your free appointment with META. We can’t wait to help you land your dream job!