May 15, 2019
Body Language In An Interview — how to use it to your advantage
By Mark from Connectzapp
Body language has been used in sales for decades.
And because an interview is a type of sales presentation, knowing how to use body language to your advantage in an interview is an important tool that could be the difference between you being offered the job or not.
As the saying goes, first impressions are lasting impressions.
So when you meet the hiring manager for the first time, smile and give them a strong hand shake. This sends the message to the hiring manager that you’re a person with purpose and you mean business.
And as the other saying goes, you only get one chance to make a good first impression…
So by smiling and giving the hiring manager a firm handshake you’re starting the interview on the best footing possible.
When you sit down to chat, if you’re asked to sit at a large oval or rectangular shaped table, like a boardroom table, you have a decision to make as to where you sit because your decision could have an impact on how you’re perceived.
The seat at the head of the table has the most power because this is where the most powerful person at the table usually sits.
The next most powerful position is the seat to the right of the person at the head of the table.
So depending on the role you’re applying for, it could be a good idea for you to sit at the head of the table. This gives you a position of power in the meeting and could give the hiring manager the impression that you’re a powerful person who means business and therefore the right person for the job. They could come to this conclusion even before you get down to the nitty gritty in the interview.
On the flipside, if your position is more junior or further down the hierarchy ladder then it may be better to sit to the side in case the hiring manager gets frustrated and feels you’re over stepping the mark by sitting at the head of the table.
So depending on the role you’re applying for, you can use the position you sit at the table to your advantage.
If you sit at a round table then all positions are of the same power it makes no difference where you sit.
The only other point to remember in regards to where to sit at the interview table is if you’re interviewed in a small room, then the person facing the door has more power than the person with their back to it.
So again, depending on the role you’re applying for, you may decide to use the power of facing the door, or decide to let the interviewer sit facing the door if the role you’re applying for is more junior.
When it comes to giving the interviewer the best impression it’s obviously important to keep eye contact.
When you answer their questions, wait until they finish speaking before you speak. Don’t talk over the top of them or be in a hurry to give your opinion, or answer their question.
In fact, the best way to do this is to let the interviewer finish asking their question or making their point, then wait a second or so, put your hand to your chin as if you’re thinking and then answer their question.
This tells the interviewer you’re carefully considering what they have to say. Apart from giving them the answer they’re after and not being discourteous and talking over the top of them, you’re also subtly showing the interviewer that you value their input into the conversation which will give them a good feeling about you, even if they’re unaware of what you’re doing.
A subtle strategy is to mirror the interviewer’s sitting position.
When 2 people are in a conversation and they’re really connecting on what they’re talking about, they tend to mirror each other’s sitting position.
For example if you’re in a conversation with someone and you’re both in agreement and then one of you leans in to make a point, in many cases the other person will also lean in.
This is unconscious body language mirroring. We all do it.
When someone’s body language is mirrored by someone else, they feel like the person mirroring them is complimenting them, even when they’re unaware of what’s going on.
The person whose body language is being mirrored can’t but help like the person who is mirroring them.
So mirror the interviewer’s body language, but do it subtly in case the interviewer finds what you’re doing too obvious.
Keep in mind that a job interview is conducted in a professional setting so don’t flirt.
In most workplaces flirting is considered unprofessional so don’t do it.
The last thing to consider is what to wear for the interview.
Showing some of your personality in what you wear, can endear you to the interviewer.
This obviously depends on the role you’re applying for so carefully consider this and make sure you don’t take things too far in regards to you clothing in case you give the wrong impression.
The easiest to way to interview well is when the employer knows you’re a good candidate for the job.
And the way to do that is to use Connectzapp to find your next job.
When you use Connectzapp to find a job, employers can see you’re a good candidate for a role so your job in securing the role is already half done.
So make it easy.
You can get connectzapp on the App Store or Google Play or go to Connectzapp.com
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And as always…
Good luck with your job hunting!
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