Body language in an Interview…keep it simple silly!
I was reading newspaper late in this morning, So many walk in interviews advertisements, so many new job requirements. Hundreds of applicants applying for a single job position. The question is when ten candidates applying for a same job are equal in qualification, equal in experience, equal in their exposure and knowledge about the industry then how to select a better one. Well, on the basis of an impressive body language.
Body language is the first thing after your face that an interviewer notices and that’s why it matters a lot. These days the scenario is that the job applicants are spending money on getting their resume written by some so called “experts” but they don’t have some time to spend on the key areas, like body language and your self-presentation in an interview. This is an art of proving yourself better that others in just few minutes just by keeping your body and mind fully under your control.
I see so many articles today in newspapers and in magazines telling about interview presentation, they say tilt your head this way a little, move ahead your shoulder a little, don’t exert pressure on your hands during a hand shake, sit backwards and sit frontwards, frown a little, smile, don’t smile, wear white blue, don’t wear this and that, blah!blah!blah!. During an interview how could somebody keep all this chattering in mind? When you are asked a question would you concentrate on what answer you’ll give or you’ll concentrate on what shoulder is ahead, which hand is on table, am I smiling right or not, am I looking straight or not. Well, nobody is bothered about all these things at that time. I am amazed that sometimes we get too fussy about the things which can be simply understood.
Its simply the Body and mind control
The news articles, magazines, trainers, portals giving skill training for interview facilitation all these sources has made interview like a death well. Its simple if you let it be so. An impressive body language is a controlled body language. If your body and mind are in complete control, you’ll definitely exhibit a perfect body language. This control comes from how well experienced you are in giving interviews, how confident you are about yourself and about the job you have applied for, How positive or negative you are for this interview. All these things together influence your mind control which ultimately leads to your body control. Controlled and balanced body gestures, friendly and welcoming facial expressions, natural hand and leg movements are the sign of comfort, confidence and trust on your capability and this is all what an impressive body language comprises of. If your mind is more in a state of confusion about how do you look, would you perform ok, how is your tie done, are your shoes polished, are you sitting right, and all then I am sure you can never crack that interview. I bet this. Once you are sure about yourself, everything goes right, so these beautiful no use articles about body language just create more confusion in our mind so just keep one simple thing in your mind while going for an interview that “you are going to make it big” or “I know I can do it” and then these positive lines will fill your persona with lots of positivity which leads to success only. Just being yourself in a little polished way is the key. Anyhow, whatever you say or do, the interviewer is not going to eat you or kill you for not expressing yourself in some desired manner. The worst thing which can be done to you is “rejected”, well that is also important to finally enjoy selection.
Must keep in mind
Though impressive body language automatically comes out when our body and mind are completely in control, still there are some very small things which we must keep in mind while going or sitting in an interview. These things are:
In this photograph all the three people are sitting in body postures for an interview. Starting from left to right
Don’t under do it: As I said do not overdo it, the same ways do not under do it. Just give your full, sometimes we don’t put much effort doing certain things and which exhibits that we are not that keen to do it. When we don’t show some interest in the interviewer, the same happens to us. He doesn’t show interest in us. There are few things we should not do half-heartedly; they must be done with complete involvement.
Kindly ctrl + Click on the link and see the impressive interview video of Chris Gardner in the movie.
Make an eye contact: While talking to the interviewer do not look towards your hands, towards the wall and all the other places. Look straight into his eyes so that he can see your face and the confidence on your face. Looking here and there is done by under confident people, criminals and liars not by intelligent and skill full, confident people.
Well, in the end, I believe that it’s all about being positive in the interview, no hand movements and leg movements are noticed during an interview (legs are under the table anyways) while expressing you with words of incredible knowledge and skills. All the things like your attire, your head movements and shoulder movements and body movements are easily ignored, we must stay in control, that’s the key, if we overdo or underdo certain things, it will spoil the impression. Just keep in mind that your body and your mind must be in sync with one another and that will definitely do the magic. Don’t read too many articles on body language and dress and all just keep few key points in mind that I have discussed above and it’s done. I can’t assure the selection but yes you will be capable enough to make your presence felt and not ignored.