Is your body language assisting or hindering you during the interview?

Evelyne Brown

Have you ever looked at a friend and realized you knew exactly what they were thinking without them saying anything? Their expressions and body language said a thousand words. What you say during your executive job interview obviously has a big impact on whether or not you get the job. Your body language is communicating in the same way. You’ve worked hard to optimize your LinkedIn profile in order to get noticed and, eventually, a job interview, so learning some body language tips will help you succeed once you get there. Here are some of the top executive interview tips that many people overlook but should.

Through eye contact, trust is communicated.

Eye contact is essential. It creates trust. Maintain constant eye contact with your interviewer. People who avoid making eye contact may be concealing something. Of course, try to avoid staring as much as possible, so looking away from time to time will help to alleviate some awkwardness.

With a firm handshake, you can demonstrate your confidence.

Give your interviewer a firm handshake when you meet them. This demonstrates your confidence, even if you don’t feel it on the inside. If necessary, practice with peers or family members. A good handshake is memorable to an interviewer because it is likely to be their first in-person impression of you.

A good posture is essential.

Your mother was correct. Posture is essential. Nobody wants to see a slouch in the chair across from them during an interview. Slouching or posture other than sitting up straight indicates that you are uninterested in the job. Slumping in your chair, on the other hand, may indicate a lack of confidence, regardless of how strong your executive profile is.

Make an effort to be natural.

It’s natural to feel anxious about the interview. Being prepared helps to alleviate this anxiety. However, far too many people spend far too much time studying interview questions and practicing their responses. While this is beneficial to some extent, studying too hard can cause you to sound unnatural. If you used an executive resume writer to polish and make your resume sound more natural, take some of their advice and apply it to your interview. Nodding and smiling are natural gestures, so don’t be afraid to use them. The difficult part is noticing the nervous gestures you make, so be careful not to use them to the point where they become unnatural.

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