According to studies, success in an interview depends 7% on what is said, 38% on voice and grammar and a massive 55% on body language. This just goes to show how important it is to keep correct body language, along with having the right knowledge and information. Very less people know how they come across to people in general. And interviews are one place where body language ought to be perfect. Let’s see a few common mistakes that can be avoided during interviews.
1. Incorrect Handshake
A strong handshake can come across as you being arrogant whereas a limp one will show you as insecure. The best way is to have a handshake that matches up to the interviewer’s, or somewhere in between a strong or weak handshake.
2. Staring or Wandering Eye Contact
Avoid staring deeply as that looks a little petrifying. Also, looking away suggests low confidence or even lying. Looking at the ceiling or around the room, make you look apprehensive. Try to make eye contact naturally, focusing on what’s being said. Alternate eye contact if being interviewed by more than one interviewer.
3. Bad Posture
Slouching can make you come across as over confident or disinterested. Also, sitting on the chair’s edge will show you as overly eager. A stiff body will make you look nervous. So, find a neutral confident posture, with your back and head aligned straight.
4. Touching face and hair
We all do it, either as reflex or as a comfort measure. However, try to consciously avoid this as much as possible, as that makes you look unhygienic and even unprofessional.
5. Nodding excessively
Nodding excessively will make you look over eager to please. A nod or two are fine. But curb the urge to nod more as it make you look like you are trying to agree with everything
6. Fidgeting or fiddling with object
This can prove to be a major distraction. It make you look nervous or anxious. It can also make you look bored or impatient. To avoid this, join the digits of your fingers forming a steeple. It will help your nerves to be calm and focus on the questions.
7. Wrong tone or voice
A low voice tone will show your nervousness and anxiety. A high-pitched tone will irritate the interviewer. Hence, find a steady tone.
8. No control on arm movements
There is no need to gesticulate constantly. Excessive arm movements will make you come across as panicky or over-excited. Also, crossed arms may make you look defensive. So, keep them relaxed on your lap.
9. Looking too serious
Express enthusiasm for the role you are being interviewed for. Looking too serious can also make you look arrogant.
Body language mistakes can make or break your interview. So, coupled with the right attitude, knowledge and body language, approach every interview as your once in a lifetime chance.