Wear your scarlet red stilettos, deliberately putting one foot in front of the other as you sway from side to side doing the catwalk. Just when you are let through the door, let down your hair and swing your head from side to side as it basks on your decolletage. Lean forward and say “Hey Papi, get me this job”. Now wake up from your James Hadley Chase-inspired dream and listen up ‘coz that’s not the kind of body talk I’m talking about.
Your body language can betray or uplift you. Interviews always amass a lot of candidates and the interviewer might just not have the time and energy to be deliberate with everyone. Sometimes your body language gives the red or green light to signal the interviewer if he should invest his time with you or not. Like I said in my previous post, your Curriculum Vitae should be impressive but an impressive C.V alone won’t get you the job. You need to showcase great qualities at the interview and part of it is your body language. Here are some vital ways of literally positioning yourself for that job.
- A Good Posture: Sit tall, walk tall and straighten your back as much as possible. Slouching says you’re lazy. Leaning back is lazy or arrogant. Leaning forward is aggressive.
- Smile:….and have a kindred spirit. Make the interviewer know you are enthusiastic about the meeting.
- Free Your Hands: According to Psychology, crossing your arms says you are defensive and resistant. Clasping your Hands behind your back says you are hiding something, you’re shy and timid. Keeping your hands free, on the side, on your laps or a little hand gesture says you are approachable and receptive. That eases your interviewer to talk with you and not put up a mean demeanor towards you. Always go for a firm handshake before and after the interview, if the interviewer is offering or open to it.
- Eye Contact: Make intentional eye contact. Do not have shifty eyes. That will come across as you being unsure of yourself. On the other hand, do not stare hard and long, that would come off as aggressive. Infact, that’s creepy!!! *does the crucifix sign*
- Exude Calmness: Fidgeting says you are nervous. That can be unsettling and distracting to you and the interviewer. In bid to come across as friendly and agreeable, you nod your head and smile intermittently. Excessive nodding says you are nervous, trying too hard, not to mention silly.
- That Make-up and Hygiene: Please, ladies! This is not a time for an ‘owambe‘ make-up. You don’t want to distract your interviewer. Be subtle in your application. To be safe, go for nude eyeshadow colours and a complimentary colour on the lips. Be clean. Hair well put in place. Make sure you smell good. Have a fresh breath. Try not to perspire profusely. These apply to men except the make-up. A clean shave or a well-groomed beard will do.
I know being nervous can sometimes be inevitable for the interviewee but always know these:
- Most times, your interviewer is as apprehensive as you.
- They are human beings too, they eat, poop, and fall in love just like you.
- Look forward to the time after the interview to spur you to go in and just get it done.
- There is a God Factor. Do your best and let God handle the rest. If you are meant to have that job, you’d get it.
Enjoy the rest of the week, folks!
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