The message you send is based less on what you say and much more on non-verbal communication, whether conscious or unconscious. And never is appropriate body language more critical than during an interview – you have one chance to make an impression, so the pressure is on.

Here are a few tips from JF Corporate to ace that upcoming interview.

1. Grooming

Before you’ve ever had a chance to prove yourself and discuss your skills, you’ve already been judged by your attire and general grooming. Showing up appropriately-dressed signals you are taking the interview seriously and are truly a suitable applicant (as stated in your covering letter) for the corporate job, especially if you’ve applied for a customer-facing position.

2. Handshake

Now that you’re through the initial evaluation stage, it’s time for the only physical contact you’ll get here: the handshake. Studies say that the three-second handshake process plays a significant role in first impressions, so make it count. Make sure it is neither bone crushing, nor limp fish (who likes a limp handshake?!). Aim for a firm handshake to demonstrate confidence.

3. Posture

Posture and stance while listening or answering questions is crucial. Slumping gives the impression of shyness or laziness, while reclining too far in your chair will likely make you come across as arrogant or disengaged. And while this is a terrible impression to give during any interview, it is even more so when applying for a corporate position – where you will likely be in contact with clients.

4. Other body language

Anything that may be interpreted as fidgeting or restless behaviour, namely nail biting and shaking legs, should be suppressed as much as possible during an interview. The nervousness will distract the interviewer and give them a bad impression of you. Furthermore, not knowing what to do with your hands and legs is also a common sign of awkwardness, so our advice is to avoid crossing them as it signals defensiveness and resistance.

5. Intonation

Intonation is just as important as the words themselves when it comes to conveying feeling. Therefore, make sure the words you are uttering match the intonation in which they are being uttered. Expressing enthusiasm in monotone will send a mixed message.

6. Nodding

When used appropriately and not excessively, nodding shows interest and attention, but as Hippocrates once said, ‘Everything in excess is opposed to nature.’ So unless you’re going for the bobble-head doll look, avoid nodding to everything the interviewer says.

7. Avoiding eye contact

In most cultures, maintaining eye contact is considered important in social interaction as it conveys honesty and attention. That, however, does not mean it should be overly persistent; break eye contact at times to avoid it being interpreted as aggressive or intimidating.

Most important of all, don’t overthink everything and let the best side of yourself shine. We hope you’ve found our body language tips useful.

At JF Corporate, it is our philosophy to deal with people as individuals not merely CVs. We offer a full consultancy and candidate selection service for both short and long-term projects, so you can spend your time running your business. So whether you are looking for someone to fill in for a few weeks or for the duration of an entire project, contact JF Group now and let us do the job for you.

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