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Interviews and Body Language

Making a good impression at interview

Your body language can speak volumes about you - especially at interview. Outlined below are tips on body language matters that you might consider prior to attending a job interview.

Before the interview

  •  Arrive at the building 5 -10 minutes before your interview.
  • You are being observed from the moment you arrive at the building, be friendly, calm and professional.
  • If you have to wait – sit up straight and relax.
  • Best not to place things in your lap.
  • Greet the person meeting you with a smile and walk confidently.

At the Interview

  • Place your belongings on your left side – this makes it easier to shake hands.
  • Offer your right hand with your palm tilted slightly up.
  • Shake the interviewer(s) hand in a self-assured manner, smile and make eye contact.
  • Sit back into the chair and slightly away from the table.
  • Items needed for the interview should be placed on the table anything else can be placed on the floor beside you.
  • Do not hold anything in your lap.
  • Sit still and relaxed.

During the Interview

  • Make regular eye contact and smile where appropriate. Never fully lock eyes with the interviewer(s).
  • Try to keep your gestures above the table height and below your collarbone.
  • Avoid crossing your arms or slouching as it gives a ‘closed’ impression.
  • Plant your feet on the ground.
  • Look interested. Nod your head while listening.
  • When answering a question try to keep your voice positive, relaxed and enthusiastic.

Ending the Interview

  • Smoothly gather your belongings on your left hand side.
  • Smile, shake hands and thank them for their time.
  • Walk out of the interview in a smart and professional manner.
  • Smile at any other staff you meet and thank the receptionist before exiting the building.

Other Tips

For more helpful information to support your job search, see our Job Seeking Tips.