Do not enter an interview with a defeatist attitude. Don't mope or exude too much placidity in your manner either. It is not inviting, and does not give the impression of a person that they will want to see every day.
Be sure of your abilities without appearing cocky or narcissistic. You want to let your interviewer know that you are equipped to perform well at your job, without alienating other co-workers. You should point out your accomplishments in your field while remaining somewhat humble.
List your accomplishments in a matter of fact way without going into too much detail. I know this sounds repetitive, but you can never get this point too strongly. Understand that body language plays a large part in exuding confidence to others. Sit straight. Practice good posture, and keep your head up.
Keep a Positive Attitude
You should always try to smile and keep a positive outlook during your interview. If you hear something that doesn’t sound good to you, don’t frown and look disgruntled, just keep a slight smile on your face until it is time for you to say something. Then approach your interviewer with your questions or concerns when the time is appropriate.
Maintain Eye Contact
Keeping eye contact with your interviewer is very important, especially when one of you is speaking to the other. If you are looking around the room or at the items on the interviewer’s desk, you will appear uninterested. Just imagine what you would be thinking if you were speaking to him and he was looking all over the room. You would probably think that you already lost the interview.
Here are some of most common body language no no's that you should avoid when sitting through an interview.
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- Avoid fidgeting while speaking to your interviewer. It shows a lack of self confidence.
- Avoid speaking while using overly expressive hand gestures. It is distracting.
- Avoid biting your lips in between sentences. It gives the impression that you are making things up.
- Do not sit with your arms crossed because it makes you appear stand-offish.
- Do not shrug your shoulders when asked a question that you are unsure of. Take a second to think of your response. Shrugging your shoulders gives the impression that you don’t know the answer.
- Don’t answer with nods and head shakes. Use your words to answer questions.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before the interview. You don’t want to yawn in front of the interviewer. He will think that you are expressing boredom.