BODY LANGUAGE DOS AND DON’TS IN A JOB INTERVIEW
Shake hands firmly, with a solid grip, but don’t try to crush the fingers of the interviewer. This is not a test of physical strength.
Sit back on your seat, as this displays confidence and attention. Don’t perch on the edge of the chair as if you are about to sprint out of the room, and don’t slouch there like a sulky teenager either.
Keep your feet on the ground – literally – and feet close together when you are sitting. It’s probably not a good idea cross your legs as this sends an over-casual message.
Nodding your head while listening shows that you are paying attention and are positive about what you are hearing. Hand gestures to emphasise a point are fine, and far better than defensively crossing your arms or sticking your hands in your pockets
Leaning in towards the interviewer when speaking displays enthusiasm, but don’t start to invade their space.
Eye contact is good, but too much eye contact is bad. Your interviewer will become unnerved by your maniacal unblinking stare. It’s okay to look to the side or at other parts of the face of the person you are speaking to.
by David Ross O’Connor