Job interview: know how to master your body language

Job interview: know how to master your body language

So you’re finally ready for your job interview, but have you thought about the signs you are sending the recruiter with your tense face, sagging posture, crossed legs or fingers tapping on the table? So that these signs don’t detract from all the efforts you have made so far to get the interview, take some of the tips below.


Mirror, mirror on the wall…
A good look in the mirror: looking at yourself one last time before entering the interview room to find a piece of carrot stuck in your teeth could be a life saver. Similarly, have you already looked in it to see what you look like when your face is “at rest”? Is it serious, anxious? Don’t care? Take some time for this exercise to learn if you need to work on your smile, your look so that they are appropriate for the purpose. Oh, …the look.  There is a balance to be found between someone who stares into the eyes and someone who avoids catching the other person’s eye at all (for 70% out of 2,200 recruiters surveyed by CareerBuilder, the worst mistake of body language is visual contact). It is recommended to look at different parts of the face (forehead, eyes, nose, lips) and change every two seconds. Don’t hesitate to nod from time to time to indicate agreement with the recruiter, it helps develop a bond of trust. A last point about the face – the nose, or rather breathing: before entering the room, take 10 good breaths to lower heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone level; during the interview, take advantage of the recruiter’s speaking to breath deeply and breath out when you speak.

Controlling your members: an art
The goal is not so much to be as cool as some actors or political people are when speaking, but to know how to control your body to hide your emotions and send signals of confidence and an open mind.
Posture on the chair: don’t rush in, sit down only once the recruiter has invited you by sitting on the backrest (sign of confidence) and face the other person directly.
Legs and feet: crossing the legs is not only bad for blood circulation, but sends an image of being closed (crossing the ankles is preferred). Placing both feet firmly on the floor, in line with the shoulders, allows for a better connection between the reptilian brain (breathing, creativity) and the neocortex (language, logic); in this way you will be better able to move from creative thinking to complex reasoning. Good to know!
Arms and legs: be careful about crossed arms which send a message of submission or embarrassment. Hmm… do you have something to hide? As for the hands, they can betray you and indicate nervousness if you tap your fingers on the table or even arrogance if they are on your hips, so it is preferable to present hands relaxed, palm upwards (a sign of honesty and commitment), reflecting the handshake at the beginning and end of the interview which shows openness that the candidate feels toward the recruiter.


After you have highlighted your worth in your CV and cover letter, the interview could quickly become a catastrophe if you are not able to control your body and the few tricks of body language. Knowing them is essential, putting them into practice is a step towards success, because remember that there is a recruiter to listen to you and another to watch.

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