Getting a job is more than a perfect resume, and nailing an interview; it’s also a visual exercise. Visual first-impressions are, maybe more subconsciously, a very important cue in a hiring manager’s thought-process towards a potential hire.
“‘A candidate can give out thousands of non-verbal cues within the first imnute of meeting a hiring manager, and those messages make more of an impact than the words that you use during the interview,’ says Patti Wood, a body language expert and author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma. ‘Our body language says a lot about who we are and our emotional state, and poor body language often sends a message that we are stressed or fearful.’”
This quote is from a Forbes article that discusses just how important body language in your hiring process really is. And it’s not just when you sit down face-to-face with the interviewer, it’s from the moment you walk into the office, and possibly even before.
Of course, the ‘body-reading’ will continue through the entire interview process.
“Power and confidence are typically conveyed through body language, and so are your stress level and how open and honest you are. ‘An employer will get a sense of who you are and how you will perform under pressure by assessing your body language before, during and after the interview,’ says Wood.
Forbes offers up 10 interview body language mistakes that could cost you a job offer:
- Weak handshake. – Keep it firm, but don’t crush the hiring manager’s hand.
- Invading personal space.
- Crossing your arms. – Simple, don’t do this. Don’t be afraid to gesture with your hands as you speak, as it shows you are enthusiastic about what you are saying.
- Playing with your hair. – This is a stress cue that hiring managers look for.
- Bad posture. – Take pride in yourself and what you have to say.
- Lack of eye contact. – It’s okay to look away every once in a while, but eye contact is important in making a connections with the hiring manager.
- Looking like you’re not interested. – Don’t check your phone AT ALL while you’re in the office. This is something I’ve seen first-hand and it absolutely baffles me. Look like you want to be there.
- Not smiling.
- Fidgeting. – Stay focused and confident. You’re in the room, they want to learn more about you, make sure you make them remember why.
- Hiding your hands. – Goes back to gesturing, which is okay to do!
The hiring process is a long one, it’s a hard one, but ultimately, it’s one that is worth it. Even if you don’t get the job you are applying for, or interviewing for, it’s always a learning experience. Don’t be afraid to reevaluate what you think went wrong, and how you can be better the next time!
And of course, there are the professionals who are here to help.
At Crossroads Consulting, we are a full-service employment agency with the goal of being with you from the very beginning to the very end. Think of us as your connection into the industry that you’re trying to get hired in, and we’ll get you there.
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