Whether you’re a job interview novice or pro, the experience can be stressful. This can affect your body language no matter if you like it or not. From eye contact to your posture, these are body language faux pas to avoid in your next job interview.
Blank stares – You might not know what questions you’re going to get asked in a job interview, but staring into space or directly at the interviewer without talking can often be interpreted as aggressive and creepy.
Crossed arms – crossing your arms over your chest signals that you’re closed off and defensive. Instead, keep your arms at your side to show that you’re approachable.
Poor posture – Your posture can tell a potential employer a lot about you. Leaning back can be interpreted as lazy, leaning forward can be seen as aggressive, and slouching can give off the impression of being lazy. When you’re going to a job interview, aim for a natural position – keep your shoulders back and head up.
Breaking eye contact – Let’s face it, interviews can be intimidating, but breaking eye contact during a conversation with a potential employer isn’t going to make it any better. When you’re tempted to look away, hold eye contact for one extra second to help build rapport.
Excessive nodding – Are you the type of person who nods with agreement throughout a conversation? If you are, pay attention to your nodding during an interview so you won’t look like a bobblehead or appear like you already know everything.
Constant fidgeting – If your nervous energy causes you to bite your nails, play with your hair or tap your foot, try taking some deep breaths to calm yourself down. Excessive fidgeting can distract the interviewer from focusing on what you have to say, which won’t help you land the job.
From the moment you arrive for your interview, be conscious of your body language as it can have a significant impact on how you’re perceived. Remember to watch your posture, keep eye contact and smile – three factors to making a good first impression.