Interview body language tips

Body language plays a significant role in interviews as it can convey confidence, professionalism, and engagement.

Here are some body language tips to help you make a positive impression during interviews:

Maintain good posture: Sit upright with your back straight and shoulders relaxed. This shows attentiveness and confidence.

Make eye contact: Establish and maintain eye contact with the interviewer(s). It demonstrates interest and sincerity. However, don’t stare continuously; maintain a natural and comfortable level of eye contact.

Offer a firm handshake: When greeting the interviewer(s), offer a firm handshake. A limp handshake can convey a lack of confidence, while an overly strong one may seem aggressive. Aim for a confident and professional grip.

Smile genuinely: A genuine smile can create a positive impression and convey friendliness. Practice a warm smile that reaches your eyes, as it reflects authenticity.

Use open gestures: Avoid crossing your arms or legs as it can make you appear closed off. Instead, use open gestures by keeping your arms relaxed at your sides or lightly resting them on the table. This signifies openness and approachability.

Mirror the interviewer’s body language: Subtly mirroring the interviewer’s body language can establish rapport. For example, if they lean forward, you can also lean forward slightly. However, be careful not to mimic their gestures too obviously or excessively.

Control fidgeting: Nervous fidgeting, such as tapping your fingers or bouncing your legs, can be distracting and convey anxiety. Try to remain calm and composed, and if needed, take a deep breath to centre yourself.

Use hand gestures purposefully: Employing natural hand gestures while speaking can add emphasis and expressiveness to your words. However, avoid excessive or exaggerated gestures that may appear distracting or theatrical.

Maintain a pleasant facial expression: Pay attention to your facial expressions throughout the interview. Show interest and engagement through nods, slight smiles, and appropriate facial expressions that reflect the tone of the conversation.

Be mindful of personal space: Respect personal space boundaries. Avoid leaning in too close or invading the interviewer’s personal space, as it can make them uncomfortable. Maintain a comfortable distance while still showing engagement.


Remember, while body language is important, it should complement your verbal communication and convey authenticity and you should try not to overthink it because you don’t want to come across as if you are distracted.

Practice these tips to enhance your nonverbal communication and create a positive impression during interviews.

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