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Positive Body Language

Category: Interviews

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Well done for making it to the interview table – this proves that academically you are qualified to perform the job. The next hurdle, and it’s a big one, is how to impress in person.  This, in a nutshell, boils down to portraying an image of positive body language.

Consider the following:

  • Check your appearance before entering the building, or alternatively find a (rest room/wc) wherever the interview may be held, if need be drink some cold water so that your mouth is not dry.
  • Appearance -  wear conservative colours, do not wear too many colours, clothes should be clean and neat.  Look groomed, this will show you have prepared for the interview.  Bear in mind that first impressions stick.  If you want a good salary then do not look cheap.
  • Stand upright and have a firm handshake with whomever you meet.
  • Do not sit down first, wait until invited to take a seat.  Sit upright and avoid fidgeting.
  • Keep your hands still.
  • Look your interviewer in the eye and maintain eye-contact throughout the interview.  If you are before a panel try and give each member of the panel a glance – do not for the whole interview look at one interviewer only.
  • Speak slowly - remember your voice, this will reflect your personality, consider the tone of your voice avoid speaking in a monotone pitch, think about the clarity of  diction and pause on key words – this will emphasise any significant points.  A good voice will also show ease and reflect your measure of confidence.
  • Wear a smile!  Show a willingness to learn and be flexible in anything which may initially appear to be a problem.
  • Be optimistic but be careful not to come across too confident and over presumptuous.  There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence.