If you’re gearing up for an in-person interview, let’s talk body language. Believe it or not, how you carry yourself can speak volumes before you even utter a word. As a seasoned recruiter, I’ve seen it all – the good, the bad, and the awkward.

So, to help you shine like a star in your next face-to-face interview, here are some simple yet powerful body language tips to ace that interview.

  1. Smile Like You Mean It: It sounds basic, but a genuine smile can work wonders. It instantly makes you more approachable and likable. So, when you walk into that room, flash those pearly whites and let your positivity shine through.
  2. Firm Handshake, Solid Impression: When you meet your interviewer, ensure your handshake isn’t limp like a wet noodle or bone-crushing like a vise grip. Aim for a firm, confident handshake – it shows you mean business.
  3. Eye Contact: The Power Move: Locking eyes with your interviewer conveys confidence and sincerity. However, don’t go overboard and stare them down like you’re in a Wild West showdown. A natural, steady gaze is all you need.
  4. Posture Perfect: Sit up straight, shoulders back, and feet flat on the floor. This posture exudes confidence and professionalism. Slouching or squirming may convey nervousness or lack of interest – not the impression you want to project.
  5. Mirroring Magic: Ever notice how people naturally mimic each other’s body language when in sync? It’s called mirroring, a powerful way to build rapport. So, subtly mirror your interviewer’s posture and gestures to create a connection.
  6. Keep Those Hands in Check: Gesturing can emphasize your words, but flailing arms can be distracting. Keep your hand movements deliberate and purposeful – think conductor, not a windmill.
  7. Watch Your Space: Respect your interviewer’s personal space by maintaining a comfortable distance – about an arm’s length away. Invading their bubble can make them uncomfortable, which isn’t exactly the vibe you’re going for.

Mastering body language takes practice, so don’t stress if you don’t nail it immediately. Be mindful of these tips, stay authentic, and let your confidence shine. You’ve got this! Now go knock ’em dead in that interview room!

For more insider tips from a seasoned recruiter, message me via LinkedIn or at rick@continentalsearch.com.

About the Author

Rick Pascual is the Practice Director for ruminant health and nutrition at Continental Search, a leading recruiting team in the animal sciences. He is a NAPS Certified Personnel Consultant and leads all the research and recruiting for dairy and beef. Rick mostly recruits sales, technical and management professionals for feed manufacturers, feed additive suppliers, and animal pharma.

For the latest job opportunities, connect with Rick on LinkedIn or email him at rick@continentalsearch.com.