BODY LANGUAGE AND ATTITUDE AT INTERVIEWS.
Non-verbal communication takes up 90% of the message you are sending in an Interview. The balance is taken up by verbal communication. This is why the body language (55% of the message you are sending) and attitude/voice tone (38%) you present at an interview is so important. They are important as the words you use at an interview. Here are some handy hints:
- When you are offered a seat at the start of the job interview, sit upright but not too stiffly in your chair to indicate that you are relaxed and confident.
- Do not huddle down in your seat – it indicates low self-esteem and lack of confidence.
- A sloppy posture can indicate lack of energy or a careless attitude.
- Sitting on the edge of your chair can come across as being nervous and tense
- By relaxing and leaning forward slightly towards your Interviewer you give the message that you are interested and involved in the interview process.
- Leaning backwards in your seat makes you appear too relaxed and casual.
- If you lean sidewise in your seat this can be an indication that you are uncomfortable with the interview.
- Tilting your head very slightly to one side comes across as friendly and open. Keeping it straight comes across as self-assured and authoritative.
- Resting your hands on your lap or on the table clasped loosely. At all times control hand movement. Hands above the neck, fiddling with your hair or touching your face shows nervousness and anxiety and a lack of professionalism. Touching the nose or lips can indicate that the candidate is lying. Holding a hand behind your head is often a sign that you are annoyed or uncertain.
- Folding your arms across your chest suggests a closed and defensive attitude. Waving your hands and arms around can be perceived as uncertainty and a lack of professionalism.
- Be aware of the interview body language message your legs are giving. A lot of leg movement is both distracting and indicates nervousness. Resting one leg or ankle on top of your other knee makes you look too casual and comes across as arrogant. Crossing your legs high up conveys a defensive attitude in the one-on-one context of a job interview. Crossing them at the ankles or placing both feet flat on the floor conveys a confident and professional look during the job interview