If you’re on the job hunt, there are a few things that you’ll need to make sure you have in order. Naturally, an updated, concise and professional resume should be on hand for you to bring to each of your job interviews. As well, you will want to ensure that you have selected the proper attire to attend your job interviews in.
Of course, making a good first impression is the name of the game. But one thing that many job candidates forget when they show up for their interviews is the proper use of language. And we’re not just talking about the words you use to impress your would-be employer. Many people don’t consider the messages they are sending through their body language.
Today, the 24 Hour News Service released a report covering the various “body language blunders” that are common in job interviews. Everything from providing a limp handshake to letting your eyes wander may be causes for you to lose out on that job opportunity. Giving the impression that you are disinterested is obviously not a good idea.
The article offers up a number of tips. The first has to do with your posture. Sit up straight in your chair or lean forward slightly, but don’t slouch, says 24 Hours. You may cross your legs but don’t put one foot on top of your other knee. You don’t want to come off looking too casual.
Talking with your hands is okay, but be careful not to distract the interviewer, advises 24 Hours. Be sure not to keep your arms crossed as if to be defensive about something. And you most certainly don’t want to be fidgety. Playing with your hair, biting your nails and wringing your hands are all actions you’ll want to avoid.
Eye contact is of major importance. You want to make sure that you are attentive. Now, of course, there is no need to stare intensely. But try not to look down or away from your interviewer too often. You don’t want to give off the impression that you are confused or not confident in yourself.
Smile! This might be the most obvious piece of advice. But it is also one of the most important tips you can take into your interview with you. It shows that you are enthusiastic and positive. Remember that your interviewer is likely looking for people who are pleasant to be around on a regular basis.