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Body language tips for interviews

Avoid the fidgeting and get winning

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Body language in an interview is important because it can mean the difference between your interviewer thinking you're confident and enthusiastic versus unfocused and lazy. The impression your body language gives off can be just as important as the clothes you wear and answers you give. So here are some do's and don'ts of body language in interviews.

Things to do during an interview

  • Shake hands. Firm but not too tight. And if you have more than one interviewer then shake hands with each of them and greet them all.
  • Engage. Nod and smile where possible, this will show you are engaged and paying attention - just don't over do it either - you don't want to look like a bobble-head doll.
  • Eye contact. Make eye contact with the interviewers and don't stare at your fingernails. Again, if there is more than one person, try to pay them all equal attention.
  • Shake again. When you are leaving, be sure to shake hands again with the same firmness as when you first walked in, no matter how you think the interview went, and thank them for their time.

Things you should avoid in an interview

  • Don't slouch. Sit up straight but try to avoid looking too rigid or uncomfortable.
  • Don't fold your arms. Keep them in your lap or by your side but folded arms might seem unfriendly.
  • Don't fidget. Pulling at your tights or tapping your foot will be distracting for the interviewer and might appear that you aren't very focused.

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Published July 15th, 2013
Last updated November 24th, 2016
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