Interviewing and body language can be tricky for most of us today. We are all so used to being hunched over at our desks or communicating via text to our BAE’s or our BFFs that we just cannot function when put in front of another human being that we have to interact with and talk to in person. My quick hints and rules on how to be interview ready with your body language for in person interviews are included here. I will be doing another update about media training and body language across technology.
Body language in person is one of the biggest indicators of interest, compatibility and more. The way you carry your body can indicate how you feel more than anything else and without you even realizing it. Some people (most people) have a “tell” that those who know you really well can tell if you are lying or uncomfortable. In social settings, like an interview, you do not know each other well enough to quite know the “tells” but there are some things that are achingly obvious and that you can camouflage your tells to stop your body from ratting you out. If you are bored, you might look away a lot or look at your watch. If you are nervous, you might rock back and forth or play with your hair (me, definitely me – I twirl my hair when I am nervous or when I am thinking or just any time - I used to work hard to not do this in social situations but now I have it under control – I think - watch my vlogs to be sure).
This is where it helps to do some videotaping of yourself with the help of a friend or family member. Do some practice interviewing and see what your “tells” are and then consciously work against doing them. Here are some quick tips from the Prof:
What do you think of these tips and hints? Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen