It is Interview time, and it is totally normal to get nervous. First thing you must try to do is to calm yourself down, think of the interview as a brief discussion you having with someone about your career….that’s it!
When you are nervous you tend to do weird and strange things, and your body language can tell your interviewer immediately if you are nervous or not.
In a survey released by job site CareerBuilder, 48% of hiring managers said they know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for the job. And the candidate’s body language is a top factor in their decisions.
Here are some of the worst body language mistakes interviewers have seen in an interview:
- Failure to make eye contact – Look at your interviewer when talking to him / her
- Failure to smile – You are trying to sell yourself here, no one wants an unfriendly employee
- Bad posture – Sit up straight, shoulders back chest out, it will also help boost your confidence
- Fidgeting too much – Sit still, it is a sign that you are nervous
- Handshake that is too weak – A good firm handshake is a sign of confidence
- Crossing your arms over your chest – This can mean you are not interested in the conversation, you are nervous or you don’t like the person in front of you
- Using too many hand gestures – Being expressive is good but using your hands too much can get to the interviewer. Use props like a pen if you absolutely must but try and avoid overdoing it
Like we said, it’s normal to be nervous, but you should learn to control your body and face so the nerves don’t show. If your body language says you’re anxious, hiring managers may think you aren’t capable or confident enough to do the job required.