Posted March 13, 2013 12:04 am - Updated March 13, 2013 12:07 am

Importance of body language on an interview

Positive body language is extremely important when it comes to successfully completing an interview. An encouraging body language can be a wonderful medium to convey your confidence, enthusiasm, and trustworthiness to the interviewers.

Discussed here are some ways to use the body language to the best of your advantage in an interview:

  1. Be open and honest: You should always try to project your very best to the interviewer. An open and honest approach always helps in putting across your case successfully. You should greet them with a warm smile and a firm handshake. A less than desirable body language, such as sitting with crossed legs, folded arms, or cupping your chin in your hand, can portray a negative and relaxed attitude during the interview. Just try to be at your normal best, but with dignified body language.

  2. Be attentive: You should try to impress the interview board with your attentive attitude. You should be attentive while listening to whatever they are saying. You can even use a pen and pencil to note down the important points, which can further add to your chances of being perceived as an attentive, enthusiastic, and obedient candidate. Try to maintain constant eye contact with the interviewers and drop a little smile here and there, wherever required, as per the mood in the room.

  3. Emotions have no place in the interview: Keep your emotions in check during the interview. You should try responding to the questions in the appropriate and neutral way. Do not be too adamant on any issue, as flexibility is a quality many companies want in an employee. You should be diplomatic on issues pertaining to serious topics and while responding to the ‘touchy’ questions.

  4. Be open to criticism: Many candidates tend to lose their cool when they are grilled during the interview process. At times, they may feel offended when criticized about their shortcomings. You should keep your cool in such tight situations. Do not try to defend your weaknesses and prove yourself to be picture perfect. The main aim of many an interviewer is to create an uneasy situation for the candidate just to know how he/she deals with uneasy situations.

  5. Be engaged: You should try to convey your interest and passion for the job even when the atmosphere is not too vibrant in the room. There are situations during the interview when the discussion gets boring, especially during a long interview. You should not yawn or doze off during that particular time. If the interviewer is sharing his or her personal experiences, try to be vigilant enough and show your utmost interest in his or her stories or anecdotes.

  6. Practice, practice, practice: The best way to crack any interview is to practice as much as possible and try to find innovative ways to gain an upper edge over other candidates. You can check out interview questions online, here is a good resource for them. You can also record a dummy interview on video and analyzing it later.