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March 23, 2022

10 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BODY LANGUAGE FOR AN INTERVIEW

You may be attending interviews for a job after graduation or may be interested in short term job-oriented courses after graduation. In all these scenarios, irrespective of the kind of interview you are attending – be it technical or non-technical; virtual or in-person; with HR or your immediate team, there is one thing which all interviewers assess which is BODY LANGUAGE. Good body language may help you get an assured job even in uncertain times.

Body language refers to all the non-verbal cues that you use to communicate, which includes your posture, gestures, facial expressions and movements. Did you know that experts say that
60-65% of our communication is through body language? Hence, the way you present yourself and the efforts you take to improve your body language is as important as what you say and will help you with your career opportunities after graduation.

Here are 10 ways to improve your body language for an interview:

1. Understand the importance of body language

During an interview, your body language lets the interviewer(s) understand your comfort, your confidence and interest in the position you are applying for. While certain body movements like nodding your head and keeping your hands open show agreeable behaviors like positive responsiveness, on the other hand shaking your legs may demonstrate not-so-agreeable emotions like nervousness.

2. Maintain awareness at every step

Be conscious of the correct time and location of the interview – be it virtual or in-person. Make notes of all important information related to the interview and be prepared ahead of time.
With many interviews being conducted online these days, many times where interviewers are in different time zones, ensure you calculate time zone differences correctly.

3. Beta test your virtual meeting software

Familiarize yourself with the video conferencing software required for your interview and Beta test it at home in advance. Is your camera position good? Is the lighting in your room sufficient? Is your mic working? Is your device charged? Inform people in your house that this is an important time segment for you and avoid external noises as much as possible.

4. Be on time for the interview

Whether in-person or virtual, there is no excuse for showing up late for an interview unless there is some unavoidable emergency. Even if the interview is online, make sure to be seated in front of your computer, at least 20 minutes before the interview time so that you remain calm and well-prepared.

5. Dress smartly including maintaining neat surroundings

Dress neatly and appropriately, including making sure your hair is in place. Do not wear distracting accessories which are not needed for the interview. Also, for virtual interviews, do not display messy surroundings and background.

6. Make eye contact

During the interview process, make sure you are maintaining eye contact with your interviewers. If there is more than one interviewer – ensure that you make eye contact with everyone during regular intervals especially those who are speaking directly with you. However, make sure you do not stare at people in a way that makes them uncomfortable.

7. Be a good listener

Display your receptivity and responsiveness by listening intently to what your interviewers are saying. Acknowledge what they are saying with positive nods and smiles and show your genuine interest in the conversation. Keep your phone on silent during the entire interview.

8. Ensure your camera is ON during virtual interviews

In the ‘new normal’ – virtual interviews are conducted much more than in-person ones. Interviewers can gauge body language only when your camera is ON. Many candidates do not turn on their cameras because of shyness, lack of confidence or lack of advance preparation. Your chances to make a good impression are much better when your camera is ON.

9. Avoid fidgeting

Restless movements biting your fingernails and moving your hands wildly must be avoided at all costs. While it is natural to be nervous, be aware of your body movements and keep a calm, responsible and confident stance. Do not play with paper, books or stationery at all costs.

10. Don’t forget to SMILE

Body language experts place tremendous value on the power of a smile. A smiling face not only enhances your overall body language in a positive way but also boosts the energy of the entire interview process.

Vineet Tandon
about author

Vineet Tandon has over 18 years of corporate experience and has held marketing function across organizations like FICCI, Business Standard, Centum Learning and Oracle Corporation. He currently heads marketing & talent branding for New Vistas vertical of HCL Technologies. He is also India’s First & Only Musical Motivational Speaker, Author, Podcaster and a Columnist.

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