Body Language Mistakes in a Job Interview:

Body Language Mistakes in a Job Interview:

You’re at a job interview. You’re focusing on remembering the key points from your C.V and paying attention to interviewer and the questions they are asking. You’re nervous, and you’re composing what you would like to say next. But as all this is going on, your body is already talking to the interviewer, you’re already giving off an impression that will affect the success of the interview.

This is why it is important to be aware of your body language. Non-verbal communication accounts for around 70% of the messages you are sending the interviewer. Make sure the body language you are giving your interviewer is positive by avoiding these common body language mistakes:

Bad Posture:

The way you sit gives off a huge impression. Leaning back or sitting a little too relaxed in your chair can seem a bit arrogant. You may feel relaxed and confident but don’t let this come across as big headed, or be so relaxed that you slouch and appear lazy.

Experts recommend sitting in a neutral impression by sitting tall. Sit comfortably and upright and imagine a sting connecting your head to the ceiling. Sitting this way will also improve the deliverance in your voice and make you seem focused.

Touching your Face:

Touching you nose, dabbing your ear or brushing your lips are common signs or ‘ticks’ that someone is lying. It may be a harmless nervous habit, but you don’t want to appear anxious or false during your interview. Loosely clasp your hands in your lap or on the table to avoid touching your face.

Grooming Gestures:

These are often associated with nervous ticks – you may not even realise you are doing them! These small movements such as playing with one’s hair or fiddling with a piece of jewellery. Again, these ticks can be very distracting to an interviewer. They

grooming gestures

also take your focus away from the interview and could make you seem indifferent towards the job interview.

One of the best solutions to this problem is to limit the opportunity to fiddle. For example if you often play with your hair when nervous, try tying it up so you avoid reaching for it. If you fiddle with a ring a jewellery, take it off before the interview.  Make sure you aware of your ticks so you know how best to deal with them.


Positioning your legs:

Tapping your foot, or jiggling your leg gives off an impression of nerves.  It can also be an irritating distraction for the interviewer. Resting an ankle on the opposite knee may look arrogant and too casual, crossing the legs high up appears defensive. The best position for your legs is to place both feet on the floor or cross at your ankles.  If you have adhered to good posture mentioned in the first point, this will be easy and help you sit tall.


Be conscious of body language and focus on giving off a positive impression and you will improve your performance during the interview. As you practise answering questions before an interview, so too practise your body language. Place a chair in front of a mirror or why not try filming yourself as you answer questions to make sure that as you are talking the talk, so too is your body.


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