Most of us dream about getting into a company which is famous all over the world or at least we work hard to get the job we desired right from our college days. You might have also prepared a flawless cover letter and a well prepared resume to apply for the job. But what, is that enough to get a job in your dream company or you desired profession? The answer is ‘No’ because without a proper interaction with the recruiter at the time of interview, it is very difficult to get the job, no matter how well you have presented your covering letter with the resume.
Apart from being a well interactive person, you also need to learn about the body language that you need to carry during the time of the interview. If you present any terrible mistakes regarding your body language during the interview session, then it is for sure you will be under threat of not getting the job. So, to avoid such situations, here are few important body language mistakes that you need to avoid to get hired as it was reported on Forbes Website by Jacquelyn Smith.
1. Appearing weak while greeting the recruiter:
If you are weak while greeting the recruiters at the time of interview, then it can be the biggest mistake you can ever make at the time of the interview because greeting well shows your interest towards the job you have applied and the desperation towards it. The most important thing to do while greeting someone is by shaking your hands with the person you want to greet. So, if you shake the hand in a very weak manner with the recruiter soon after you enter the interview room, it clearly signifies that you are not at all interested in the job and you are attending the interview forcefully. It can become a clear note that you are under threat of not getting that job because of your weak performance during the interview round no matter how good your resume was prepared.
So, to avoid such circumstances, make sure you are firm while greeting someone, especially, while shaking hands with the person you meet. Also see to that you won’t crush the recruiters hand while shaking hand, says Patti Wood, an author and a body language expert.
2. Going too close to the hiring manager:
It is another nonsensical mistake you can do knowingly or unknowingly at the interview room after entering. Talking in a perfect manner with the recruiter is appreciated by one and all, but that doesn’t mean that you need to go close to the recruiter and talk to him or her. It is your duty to be courteous at the time of interview in front of the hiring manager. Sitting or standing too close to the hiring manager might definitely look awkward which can also make them feel uncomfortable.
So, at the time of the interview, do remember that you need to be respectful towards the hiring manager’s personal space at any point of time. It can also harm your chances of getting that job, if you follow the opposite of sitting too close or sitting quite far from them inside the venue of the interview. So, a better maintenance of the space between you and the hiring manager is a good procedure to complete your interview round successfully.
3. Talking to the recruiter with crossed arms:
It feels generous if we respect each and every person we come across in our life. But that doesn’t mean that we need to show it with personal actions such as crossing our arms and sitting or standing in front of them while talking to them. The same applies when you appear for a job interview in any company. In a job interview, the recruiter expects you to talk in a friendly manner with them than considering them as the boss and you as a junior or a fresher. They don’t want you to feel shy at any cost and to make it simpler for you during the interview, they start interacting with you in a friendly manner.
So, to reach their expectations, even you need to start of your talk with them in a friendly manner than struggling to talk to them. At the same time you also need to remember that you sit stiff and comfortably in front of them while interacting than crossing your arms that looks like a defensive manner. Instead of sitting or standing with a crossed arms, try showing hand gestures while you are talking to them which shows your enthusiasm and interest towards the job you are being interviewed.
4. Playing with your hair:
Correcting the hair or playing with your hair looks very awkward especially it makes the hiring manager feel uncomfortable by your silly act. This act shows that you are very careless while giving the interview and you are more caring about your body parts than concentrating on the interview questions you are asked. If you feel that your hair is disturbing you while talking to others, its better you tie it tightly so that it won’t come in front of your face to distract your concentration. Correcting your hair or playing with it while talking to someone also makes you look childish in front of everyone, says Patti Wood.
Make sure you are aware of all your bad habits that can distract your interview with the recruiters beforehand and work out for avoiding those habits. If you feel, those bad habits cannot be ridden immediately, try to start avoiding such habits in front of your friends every day, so that you get rid of those habits from you as soon as possible.
5. No Proper Eye Contact:
A proper-eye contact with the recruiter you are talking will be considered as you are confident about what you are talking. Without a proper eye-contact, it will be regarded as that you feel shy while interacting with others. Most of the candidates will do the mistake of not interacting with the recruiters with a proper eye-contact.
Patti Wood is of the opinion that, it is fine if you as the candidate look across your surrounding while talking to the recruiters, as you will be accessing different parts of your brain by moving your eyes to get a proper answer for the question that has been asked. But you need to be very much attentive whenever the recruiter is talking to you and listen what they say properly to avoid any complications in the future. You shouldn’t forget the fact that a proper eye contact acts like a connection tool between the people who are talking to each other, so never go wrong in this matter at any time.