Whether it’s in person or on a video call, a job interview can be nerve wracking. It’s easy to get caught up in the mindset that your every move is being observed by the hiring manager and this can cause some people to get nervous and act in ways they wouldn’t normally. Know this: all the interviewers want to see is that you’re engaged and have genuine interest in the job you’re applying for, and where that begins is with your body language.
1. It’s a conversation, not a test
The goal of a job interview is for the interviewer to learn a little about the credentials of the applicant and who they are as a person. Keeping that in mind will allow you to relax yourself and not give off signs that the interviewer may misinterpret. Having good body language will also make it easier for the interviewer to speak with you, making the conversation that much easier.
2. Stay attentive
During an interview, there can be a lot of information that gets thrown at you at once. Even if you’re struggling to pay attention, make sure to have good posture and maintain eye contact with the speaker, whether you’re in person or on a video call. It won’t be a good look if the interviewer notices your lack of attention when they’re explaining an important aspect of the company. You should always look engaged, even if what is being shared isn’t the most exciting part of the job.
3. Talk with your hands
Again, the interview is only a conversation so there’s nothing wrong with talking with your hands. For most people, it helps people get their thoughts out as they speak.
4. Don’t overdo it
The interviewer will, of course, ask you questions about yourself. Where you’re from, what you like to do, what your favorite foods are, etc. Answer these questions honestly to come across as genuine and show the interviewer that you’re invested in the conversation. What you don’t want to do is go overboard with your life story and talk about yourself too much. Maybe one short story that’s relevant to the field of work you’re applying for will win over the interviewer, but don’t go on any tangents.
5. Relax but don’t be too relaxed
As stated before, relaxing yourself will allow you to feel comfortable and will make it easier to express your thoughts, but make sure you’re not too relaxed to the point you’re slouching or looking bored. Make sure to remember you’re still in a professional setting. There’s a fine line between being comfortable and being too relaxed.
Follow these tips to show the interviewers that you’re interested in the position they’re hiring for and part of that comes through in your body language.