We’ve all met people that we immediately, instinctively trust and feel comfortable around. Of course, the flip side is also true – there are people who get our hackles up straight from the get-go, no matter how polite or considerate they may seem. You might attribute these reactions to your amazing psychic abilities — and maybe you really are psychic, who knows?— but for those of us who don’t have the second sight, much of the way we feel when meeting a new person can be attributed to their body language.
It can’t be overstated just how important body language is during a job interview. So here are a few tips to help you (literally) put your best face forward.
1. Giddy Resting Face
Does your face tend to naturally settle into a frown when resting? If yes, try to keep your mouth either in a straight line or slightly upturned at the edges. People will take this as an indicator that your overall demeanor is happy and friendly.
2. Walk This Way
Keeping a quick, confident stride will help convince employers that you’re enthusiastic and capable. Avoid walking slowly or hesitantly, and definitely don’t slouch, as these are all indicators of nervousness. No need to be nervous, you’re going to be great!
3. Palm Reading
Your dad wasn’t wrong when he told you that you can tell a lot about a person based on how they shake hands. Keep your handshake firm and maintain eye-contact. Avoid too firm of a grip or overpumping your potential employer’s hand up and down too quickly – you don’t want to give off the vibe that you’re aggressive or insecure.
4. Assume The Position
If fathers are stereotypically obsessed with handshakes, then mothers seem to always be credited with telling their kids to sit up straight. No matter which parent imparted this wisdom on you, they were totally right. Keep your spine long and straight, but don’t sit stiffly – let yourself relax instead of tensing up all of your muscles. This will give off the impression that you’re comfortable yet respectful. And definitely DON’T fidget. Nobody wants to hire someone with ants in their pants.
5. Beat A Bold Retreat
Don’t slink out of the office once your interview is done – repeat the same upright, confident stride that brought you into the room. First impressions are important, but last impressions can make a difference, too!
Now get out there and knock ‘em dead, kid!