I recently read a BusinessInsider.com article that made me think of my clients when they’re preparing for interviews. They need to project confidence in themselves and their skills. Part of that confidence is about posture and body language.
If you want your body to speak confidently about you as a job candidate, or in any work environment, here’s some tips we’ve touched on before, and a few new ones!
- Walk tall. When you walk into a place of business, walk at a measured pace with your head up and shoulders back. Even if you need to approach an information desk or directory to find the office you’re going to, approach with confidence. You belong in this space; you are going to be a great fit here!
- Give a great shake. Your handshake says so much about you. A brief, firm handshake is appropriate in North America. Job seeking internationally? Brush up on the right handshake in other cultures.
- Perfect posture. Your mother was right, sitting up straight does indicate that you are interested and engaged. Slouching, slumping, or leaning doesn’t say good things. Try not to fidget. Occasional movement is fine, but try not to tap your feet or fingers, jam your hands in and out of your pockets, or wave wildly as you speak.
- It’s in the eyes. Maintain good eye contact with the person who is speaking to you. If you’re in a group interview setting, it becomes a little easier as your focus will change as different interviewers speak.
- Hands out. Keep your hands visible so it doesn’t look like you’re hiding something. Folded on the desk in front of you is fine. Practice in front of a mirror if you like, so you can see what looks best and feels the most comfortable. In doubt as to where to put your hands? Try subtly mirroring your interviewer.