More Than Your Words or Resume — Body Language Expresses Who You Really Are
Unconscious judgments are made in the first 10 seconds of your interview. Walk into the room with your shoulders back, your neck elongated, using a comfortable stride. When you take your seat, remember to:
- Position yourself so that you can make eye contact with everyone in the room.
- Sit all the way back in your chair, and lean slightly forward to show interest when listening.
- Keep your feet on the ground. If you must cross your legs, never show the soles of your shoes (in some cultures this is offensive).
- Make eye contact but don’t stare – move your eyes to different areas of the interviewer’s face occasionally.
- Remember to maintain a natural smile.
- Keep your hands in view and use open palm gestures for emphasis.
- Breathe deeply and monitor your energy level.