Do you have an in-person interview on the horizon? While it’s natural to focus on your responses, the way you present yourself physically plays a pivotal role in your overall impression.

Entering an interview can feel like stepping onto a stage with all eyes on you. Palpable tension, sweaty palms, and an accelerated heartbeat are common experiences. It’s nerve-wracking, but fear not because improving your body language can make all the difference between leaving a lasting impression and blending into the background.

Here’s how to refine your body language to leave a memorable impact on your interviewer, ensuring you communicate confidence, sincerity, and readiness without saying a word.

Maintain Eye Contact:

First things first, let’s talk about eye contact. When you meet your interviewer’s gaze, it shows confidence and sincerity. It says, “Hey, I’m here, and I’m ready to knock this interview out of the park.” However,  don’t go overboard and stare them down like you’re in a staring contest. Aim for a natural, friendly gaze that lets them know you’re engaged and attentive.

Mind Your Posture:

Sit up straight, shoulders back, and chin level. Imagine you’re balancing a book on your head, like those old-school etiquette classes. Good posture exudes professionalism and self-assurance, while slouching can give off vibes of disinterest or insecurity. So straighten up and own that interview room!

Greet with a Firm Handshake:

A firm handshake is your first physical contact with your interviewer, so make it count. Aim for a confident grip—not too limp, not too bone-crushing. And don’t forget to accompany it with a warm and friendly smile.

Mirror Your Interviewer’s Energy:

Pay attention to your interviewer’s body language and try to match their energy and demeanor. Reflecting their energy and demeanor can create a harmonious exchange, making the conversation flow more naturally. If they’re leaning forward and nodding, take it as a cue to show enthusiasm and engagement. If they’re more laid-back, feel free to relax a little too.

Control Nervous Habits:

We all have our nervous habits—tapping our feet, fidgeting with our hair, you name it. But during an interview, these can be major distractions. Take a deep breath and keep those nervous tics in check. If you find yourself getting antsy, try subtly grounding yourself by pressing your feet flat on the floor or clasping your hands together on your lap.

Implementing these body language tips can dramatically shift the dynamics of your next interview. Interviews are about the words you choose AND the silent messages you send. Stand tall, look ’em in the eye, and let your confidence shine through your body language.

Feeling more confident already? I thought so. Now go out there and show ’em what you’re made of! For more insider tips on how to beat an interview, drop me an email at or send me a message on LinkedIn.

About the Author

Maria Codilla is the Practice Manager for pork production/processing at Continental Search, a leading recruiting team in the animal sciences. She is a NAPS Certified Personnel Consultant and has the latest opportunities for swine farm managers, nutritionists, geneticists, and veterinarians.

Maria first joined Continental Search as Content Manager. Her impressive interpersonal skills earned her promotion to Talent Scout and then to Feed Mill Recruiter. For the latest job opportunities, connect with Maria on LinkedIn or email her at