Written by Pauline Shahabian, Recruitment Consultant, WorkForce Cyprus
Actions speak louder than words – This couldn’t be truer during job interviews.
While your answers to interview questions are predominantly what counts, interviewers also place great emphasis on your body language which reveals clues to your overall personality and attitude.
So how can you ensure that you’re giving off the right vibes on your big day? Here are some nifty and easy tips to keep in mind;
Mirror/Mimic their movements
Closely following and mirroring the interviewer’s movement (hand gestures, posture, breathing, and vocal tonality) subconsciously indicates that you are on the same page. Now, we don’t mean you should exactly copy their every movement, as that would be perceived as creepy and forced. Instead, follow subtle gestures a few seconds after they are made. It is proven that a positive interview outcome is substantially enhanced if the interviewer identifies with you.
Slow & Steady
It’s A-okay to take a few seconds in order to gather your thoughts before answering a questioned – In fact, it’s recommended that you pause for a bit. Not only will your response sound more articulate, but you will come across as more confident as well. What you have to say is now perceived as worthy of the extra wait. It also diminishes the awkward “umm” gap-fillers.
Nervous habits, such as cracking your knuckles or twiddling your thumbs, are hard to shake off. But for the love of all good things, try your best to remain calm for the duration of your interview. Such habits are not only distracting for the person sitting opposite you, it also reflects a state of restlessness in you.
Never forget that interviews are a two-way street – The same way that the interviewer pays close attention to your body language, you should do the same too. Their body language, especially their facial cues, can provide valuable feedback on how your interview is progressing. For instance, if the interviewer has locked eyes with you and is nodding, it generally means that they are intrigued and want you to elaborate further. Training yourself to be able to pick up on these nuances will greatly assist you with shaping your responses.
Keep your eye on the ball
Before you attend the interview, try picturing yourself acing the interview. The power of visualization goes a long way. Take a few uninterrupted moments to rehearse how the interview will go – map out how you will respond to difficult questions and/or objections, as well as how you intend on staying calm. The end game is to stay in the game and progress in the selection process. The only way to do this is to keep your held head high and look at the big picture.