What to keep watch for in a job interview

09.16.2013


What to keep watch for in a job interview
What to keep watch for in a job interview

Interviews are tricky when trying to find a job. While many of them seem to have similar aspects, no two interviews are the same, meaning it's impossible to be fully prepared for what lies ahead in the hiring manager's office. However, your conduct and body language during a job interview can play a major part in whether your face time will help your chances. By remaining aware of the right and wrong ways to present yourself in an interview, and looking for clues inherent in body language, you know whether you're on the right track.

Making a good first impression is one of the most important things you can do to ensure an interview goes well, according to Mashable. While jeans, sweats and hoodies are comfortable for job searching, they're much less appropriate for a professional setting - as a result, dress for the job you want. This way, from the moment you meet your interviewer, they'll know you're serious about wanting the position, and the air of the interview can remain professional.

The importance of body language
Your posture says more about you than you'd expect, which means any interviewee needs to be aware of their body language from the beginning of the interview. Slouching, hunching or leaning back may make you look skittish, uncomfortable or uninterested in the proceedings - sitting up straight with the right hand and leg placement is important. Adjusting your position is fine during the interview, but try to keep it low or moderate - no motion will make you look like a robot, while too much motion will make you appear jumpy or, worse, itchy to leave as soon as possible.

Having a good handshake when you first meet the hiring manager is key, as well. A firm handshake will make you appear professional, so when you first meet, extend your hand. Even if your interviewer wants to get right down to business, your offer will be a sign of goodwill and professionalism.

Good body language isn't limited to yourself
There's more to body language than keeping yourself calm and collected. During an interview, there are a few certain signs that your interviewer is very interested in your services, according to The Week. The first? If, during the interview, your interviewer follows your motions - for instance, has more animated conversations if you do too - they'll likely believe the two of you have a connection, which will make them more likely to give positive feedback through the rest of the interview.

Another sign of success may at first seem to be misleading. If you seem relatively underqualified for the position in question, but the interviewer continues to examine your resume anyway, this likely means they're still interested in your services. As a result, don't betray your nervousness, as you'll be considered thoroughly for the job - a lot of time spent with your resume means there's a good chance that they're looking to see what else in your skill set can be used to push your resume ahead of other applicants.

If the interviewer is leaning toward you during the interview, you can have confidence in their interest in you, and the same applies to their eyes. If their eyes are wide open and focused, it's entirely possible you're getting a good reaction. Finally, if they're showing you the palms of their hands, that's a good sign - while it doesn't guarantee they like you, you can know they're being candid and honest in their discussions with you, instead of hiding anything that could be important later on in the hiring process.

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