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