Job interviews are sacrosanct. You do not want to goof up at them at any cost, be it fresher level or higher up. However, a good interview can turn bad because of the interviewee’s body language. Having good domain skills are not enough these days. The way you behave also matters. Here is a list (in descending order) of five body language blunders that turn off interviewers.
5. Looking lazy or too aggressive
Do not lean back – you will look lazy. Do not lean forward- you will look aggressive. Just sit naturally – straight – you will look alert and comfortable. Also do not cross your arms. This shows defensiveness – like you are holding yourself back. HR people are good at reading people’s mind. Hence look comfortable, natural and confident.
4. Avoiding eye contact
Look calmly at the interviewer during the conversation. Do not stare or look away while speaking. Understand that you can say a lot through eyes too. A confident gaze will get him to believe that you are up for the task and challenges.
3. Constant nodding
Do not be in the habit of nodding and agreeing to everything the interviewer says. This shows you are more of a ‘yes’ person. At times, recruiters throw tricky questions to just gauge your yesman-ship. They don’t want a definitive answer but a probable and best one.
4. Weak handshakes
There is nothing worse than a weak handshake to start off or end an interview. A firm handshake is a sign of authority and confidence. A close-fisted handshake is a sign of an aggressive and over confident personality. Just be calm. Also, if the interviewee is a lady and doesn’t offer her hand, don’t go about making the gesture.
5. Looking at the clock
Some interviews can drag on for a long time. Still, if you want to have the job, avoid peeking at the wrist watch or the wall clock while you are in the middle of a conversation with the interviewer. Avoid giving them hints that you are short of time or unavailable.
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