To have a successful interview and to make a lasting impression, the Body Language is very important. Postures and body movements are unconsious forms of expression and therefore they have a language of their own. We are unaware of our gestures and body movements most of the time, but other people can notice our gestures and movements if they pay attention and know what they mean.
An important thing to be noted here is that body language applies not only to the Interviewer but also to the Interviewee. Also, note that these gestures may happen throughout the conversion or a discussion and they change as the conversation progresses.
The objective of paying attention to nonverbal communication is to help you change the direction of the conversation. If the person is showing negative gestures; then you need to change the topic by asking a new questions or talking about something else.
Here is a comprehensive list of probable body gestures, which you watch out for during the course of a Job interview :
- Crossed arms means that person is in a defensive and reserved mood.
- Crossed arms and legs means that the person is feeling very reserved and suspicious.
- Open arms and hands means that the persion is open and receptive.
- Standing before you with hands inside the pockets means he is not sure or fells suspicious.
- Standing before you with hands on hips means he is receptive and ready to help you out.
- Rubbing the back of head or touching the back of neck means the conversation is not really interesting.
- Leaning back in chair with both hands clasped behind head means he is in an analytical mood, but it is also a gesture of superiority.
- With the palm holding or supporting chin, he is in an evaluating position and being critical.
- Sitting in a chair shaking one of the legs means he feels nervous and uncomfortable.
- Rubbing or touching nose when asking a question means he is not telling the complete truth.
- If the eyes are downcast and face turned away, it means he is not interested in what you are saying.
- If he moves his body and sits with his feet and body pointing towards a door means he wants to end the conversation and leave the room.
- If you are nervous try not to show it.
- Don’t play with your watch, clothes, bag etc. Try to maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
- Last but not the least, donot underestimate the importance of your posture and subtle movements.