Role of Body Language While Appearing For An Interview
Interview’ is a word that petrifies even the most experienced of professionals; one wrong step during the interview and the opportunity is lost. Preparing for an interview requires a lot of study, practice, and patience. Many candidates prepare day and night for their interviews but yet they get screened out. Ever given a thought to it?
Preparing only for the aptitude test, group discussion, and improving your communication skills isn’t enough. Often neglected, one of the most important things that can turn the tables during the interview is your body language. Surprised? Well, body language tells a lot about your personality and attitude. So, it is necessary that you maintain a positive body language while appearing for an interview.
Here are some points that reason out the importance of having an effective body language during the interview: –
1. It reflects your personality
Consider yourself to be an interviewer. A candidate with a very good academic record comes in but as soon as you see the candidate’s lazy attitude, you start having second thoughts about hiring the candidate.
Now think of yourself as ‘that candidate’. If you exhibit that kind of body language, it will give your interviewer a wrong image of you being lazy even if you are not. Walk straight, don’t slouch, and keep a firm but smiling face while appearing for the interview.
2. Good body language shows that you are attentive
The firmer your body language is, the more attentive you come across as. One of the things that interviewers check is whether you are listening to what they are saying. Sometimes, when you are at a pool interview, the interviewing panel conducts a session where they brief the candidates about the organization and staff. Though many candidates take it very lightly and happen to show “a not interested” attitude towards it, the panel does notice each and everything. The focus here should be to keep an interesting face and body language.
3. Reflects that you are a good listener
Now, when you are attentive, it implies that you are a good listener as well. This is something that every interviewer checks for because someone who is a poor listener is a big NO for them. Also, while you are listening to their briefing session, if possible, try to make notes and go through them before going inside the interview cabin. Interviewers often have the tendency to ask questions from such briefing sessions.
4. Shows that you are confident
Lastly, a slouchy posture reflects a lack of confidence. And that’s one thing which every interviewer detests. Not only should you look confident, but you should also sound confident. Be firm yet polite in your responses, because sometimes interviewers have their own way of crosschecking the candidate’s confidence.
Think of it this way – you are presenting yourself as someone who’ll not only be the right fit for the opportunity but also someone who will add value. That is why is imperative that your body language is an amiable and confident one. After all, it has a key role to play in the first impression you leave on an interviewer.