It is important to pay attention to our interviewer’s body language as much as we pay attention to our own. It will give you a cue if you are on the right track or if you are doing something to irritate them or earn their displeasure. If you are holding the floor for too long or have been interrupting them too often, you will get to know their displeasure from the way they members shake their heads, sigh or fold their arms and lean back. You can take this as a tip and change your attitude as it is not too late. The interviewers body language also comes from their subconscious mind but we will have to act quickly before their displeasure gets to their conscious mind.
Do not worry too much about tension
Many of us are nervous during an interview and we would try not to show our nervousness. The nervousness has to be passed on to the interviewers in a right amount as it will let them feel that this job is important to you. If you sit in a nonchalant manner it might indicate that you are not interested. We should also realize that the interview is more than just a means for the employer to determine which of the candidates is most suitable for the job. It is a moment of mutual acquaintance. It’s a first meeting with people that you might soon work together with. Therefore the interviewer also might be nervous. So make sure you put your best foot forward.
When we go for an interview our sitting posture communicates a lot. As we can see in the movie “Princess Diaries”, every move and every posture communicates a message. At times sitting postures can either communicate over confidence or self belief. The golden rules in sitting are: avoid anything that will distract the interviewer from concentrating upon the content of your answers; and avoid making the interviewer feel uncomfortable. Interviewers generally do not feel comfortable if you sit leaning forward too much leaning back and crossing your legs at the thighs. In short, good sitting goes unnoticed by the interviewer.
Here are some tips on what you should avoid:
- Leaning back: Gives the impression that you’re not taking the interview seriously.
- Crossing your legs at the thighs: Too familiar, especially at the beginning of an interview.
- Sitting with your legs wide apart: Far too familiar for an interview situation, and can be both distracting and uncomfortable for the interviewer.
- Leaning forward too much: May make some interviewers feel uncomfortable, especially if you’re physically big and talk loudly.
- Slouching: Gives the impression that you’re not taking the interview seriously and will likely slouch in your duties.
Tips on good sitting practice include:
- Straight and upright body
- Male legs: Males can keep their upper legs facing straight forward, that is, the dominant foot flat on the ground with the other foot having only the front part touching the ground.
- Female leg:. Females can cross their legs at the ankles and position the legs slightly to one side.
Sit right, answer with confidence, show the right attitude and secure the job.