Cat: Now, come on. Sit up straight. No, don’t slouch. (To camera.) When you interview, you’re judged on more than what you say. You’ll speak volumes by how you stand, gesture, and sit. I’m Cat Miller, and this is DiceTV.
When you’re interviewing, pay as much attention to your physical presence as you do to your words. While using your voice to convey facts, use your body for everything else.
Start in the reception area, while you’re waiting to begin. Unwind, breathe deeply, and relax any part of your body where you feel tense. Then breathe naturally, and keep doing that throughout the interview.
When you walk into the interview room, stand tall, put your shoulders back, and smile. Act as if you belong there, and be ready to shake hands.
Eye contact’s important. You want to maintain it all through the interview – but without staring. Why? People who don’t make eye contact look nervous. Those who look down at the floor are implying they don’t want to be there. As hard as it can be, making eye contact helps you connect with the interviewer, build trust and lets you know how you’re coming across.
Emphasize your main points with deliberate arm or hand gestures. Don’t slant your head to one side or nod in agreement excessively. And, of course, do all this while appearing relaxed. How do you do THAT?
By practicing. Role-play with a family member or friend who can act as the interviewer. Got a video camera? Video your rehearsals and watch the tapes with the other person to get feedback. You’ll get better each time.
Once you learn to use your body language with the same confidence you use for speaking, you’ll become more persuasive during any interaction – whether it’s an interview, a one-on-one meeting, a presentation to a team, or a speech at a conference.
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