A job interview can be nerve-wracking, but they are necessary to get the job you want and advance your career in the right direction. Besides the obvious ways you should be prepared, like with a polished resume and a put together outfit, you should also be prepared to be aware of your body language. Oftentimes, we make an impression before we even open our mouths. According to Psychology Today, we throw out clues as to what we’re thinking without having to say a word. So how do you control your body language on a job interview? Let’s take a look.

Pay Attention

An interviewer will be observing certain things about your demeanor to determine whether or not you’d be attentive at your job. By sitting up straight, not slouching, and maintaining eye contact during verbal exchanges, you will put forth the impression that you are fully aware of your surroundings and can react quickly to problems or conflicts.

Deliver a Firm Handshake

A handshake is more than just a superficial pleasantry, it has become a symbol of respect. When offered the hand of your interviewer, offer yours without hesitation and shake firmly and briefly. This will represent professionalism and class.

Try Not to Fidget

Many of us fidget when we’re nervous or restless. But fidgeting and moving around in your chair could also be interpreted as boredom or disinterest. By focusing on your posture, you will be aware of your fidgeting and can stop it before it becomes noticeable.

Limit Your Arm Gestures

Expressing yourself with your hands or arms may be something you do subconsciously, you may not even be aware you’re doing it. While some hand gestures are normal and can demonstrate enthusiasm for the job you’re interviewing for, an excessive amount of arm gestures can come across as dramatic.

We know the job interview process can be overwhelming. At Lorelei Staffing, we can help prepare you for your next interview.