If worrying about your answers to interview questions is not enough, I am suggesting you also need to focus on your body language, as it will be analyzed from the moment you enter the building where the interview will be conducted. Your body language determines how people perceive you. Poor nonverbal skills gives off the impression of lack of confidence, lack of interest and lack of professionalism, whereas good nonverbal skills shows energy, confidence, honesty and professionalism.
Please see examples of typical mistakes made by candidates when sitting in front of a prospective employer:
Your handshake should be firm, but not over powering. Should you suffer from sweaty palms when nervous, ensure you wash your hands with cold water before the interview and keep them cool leading up to the all-important first impression which is often made by the greeting handshake.
No eye contact
Eye contact immediately builds rapport, so essential to catch eye contact from the moment you see the interviewer. Studies suggest that holding eye contact while speaking has an enormous impact on your ability to persuade. Often when candidates are nervous they lose eye contact, but unfortunately breaking eye contact often implies dishonesty and lack of confidence which is a deal breaker in a interview.
It is important to stand tall and sit straight in an interview as it shows confidence. I suggest sitting at the edge of the chair which forces better posture, there is nothing worse than interviewing a candidate slouching on the chair. People who slump their shoulders are perceived to have a lack of interest in the engagement.
Failing to smile
Smiling demonstrates confidence, honesty, warmth, and energy. It also contagious, which means the interviewer will smile back which will create a pleasant easy atmosphere for the interview. People who don’t smile come across as aloof and unfriendly, which will prevent the success of an interview.
This shows you have disengaged from the conversation which will probably result in the early conclusion of an interview. It is important to keep your hands visible to show your interviewer you have nothing to hide and you are interested in the discussion.
It is critical that you are aware of your body language as nonverbal signals and gestures can make or break the success of an interview.