In a job interview, what your body says is just as — if not more — important than your actual words.
“Like it or not your future employer is assessing you from head to toe — from your movements, to your facial expressions, to your voice, to what you say and how you say it,” body language expert Lillian Glass told INSIDER. “If you don’t have the right body language — which encompasses how you move, your facial movements and expression, voice and speech — you can turn off your employer to the point you won’t get hired. So your interview may be over before you think it has begun.”
Here are 12 body language tips and tricks to help you nail your next job interview.
1. Walk in with your shoulders pulled back and head held high.
“Remember that the job interview begins as soon as you exit your car, as you have no idea who is watching you,” body language expert Tonya Reiman told INSIDER.
She advised walking in with your shoulders pulled back and head held high.
“Walk directly toward the person you are reaching out to by making eye contact and introducing yourself (this is typically the receptionist),” she said.
2. Nix sweaty palms with cold water.
After you’ve checked in, you’ll likely have a few minutes to wait. During this time, Reiman recommends using the bathroom.
“Go into a stall – do 10 deep diaphragmatic breaths to keep you calm and when you leave the stall, run your wrists under cold water for roughly 20 to 30 seconds,” she said. “This will ensure cool palms during the handshake (if you tend to have nervous, sweaty palms).”
3. Give a firm handshake.
With your palms sufficiently cooled, you’re ready for that first handshake with your potential next boss.
“Have a solid palm-to-palm handshake,” Glass advised. “Don’t shake their hand too hard or too delicately.”
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