Having the right body language is very important, especially at the time of interview. Even if you answer all the questions correctly, the body language may make things go wrong. It is thus very important to have the right body language to land the right job.
Defining body language
Everyone is familiar with the term body language. However, very few know the real meaning of it. Body language is an ancient way of communication. In the beginning of time, there was no language and the people of ancient age used to communicate with each other through gestures. This can be called body language too. Researchers of recent time have called it non-verbal behavior.
Importance of Body Language
You may be wondering why body language is so important. Why indeed? After all why bother with the movement of hands and legs when the interviewer can very well ask you whatever they want to know. But they are concerned about your body language. The reason is your mouth will always express how great you are. You will say to the interview some well rehearsed words. However, your body language will never lie. It will express exactly what you are. You cannot really fake it.
When facing the interview everything comes under observation. You may not even be aware of it but through your behavior, you depict to the interviewers exactly who you are. Make sure to be careful about how you sit, your posture, how you move your hands, making eye contacts and speech delivery.
Behaving in Interview Room
When sitting across the interviewer, make sure to sit straight. However, do not be stiff and awkward. The posture depicts the message that you are confident and relaxed. If your posture is stooped, you will look low in self esteem. Do not inch closer to the edge of the chair either, this will indicate that you are nervous.
Relax, and while giving the answers lean forward towards the interviewer. It will convey the message that you are interested about what he/she has got to say.
Movement of your head will also display messages. You should keep your head slightly titling. You will appear friendly in this position.
Make sure to observe the interviewer. If you can synchronize your body movement according to the interviewer, you may get good result. This method is known as mirroring. Maintain a formal posture till you see the interviewer relax.
Move your hands with care. If you are not sure about what to do with your hands, keep them on your lap. Do not, under any circumstances touch your face or hair. It is not only unprofessional; it is a depiction of nervousness also.
Do not appear defensive by keeping your arms folded at your chest. Too much movement of your hands to express your point will be considered as uncertainty.
Maintain direct eye contact with the interviewer. It will make you appear attentive. Do not keep looking at the floor. You will appear inattentive and insincere.
These are the few tips of how to behave in the interview room. Learn to behave but have faith in yourself. This can do wonders.