First impressions don’t stand a second chance, especially in an interview. When you are going to put yourself out there in the corporate sector, it isn’t just about the “right words”; but how you express these words. Most often, you might be talking about your proficiency, while your body might just give away another sign. People are most likely to register what they see than to reeling back to what they heard. Your body must always be in synergy with the words from your mouth; sometimes even covering up for the poor language with your assertiveness. Here is how you could tune them to harmony!
ASSESS YOUR ATTIRE
First impression is not about how pretty or cute you look; but about how you accentuate your features in a formal apparel. Now, that doesn’t mean that you’ll have to cake your face with coatings of foundations and contour. You just have to ensure that you aren’t crossing the line between ‘too much’ and ‘too little’ make up. Slip into a formal fabric, preferably, whiter and lighter tones, that fit you like your skin; neither too tight nor too loose.
THE SWEET SIDE
You are under scrutiny from your very step onto through the door. The way you sit in the waiting room, how you fold back the newspaper that you’d just read and how you keep yourself occupied right ahead of a chance for a lifetime! Every reflex of your body creates an impression about you. Be cordial with the front desk clerks. Have a book in hand. Chances are that your interview questions might deviate from the technical arena to that little bounded book in hand; again, working things in your favour!
A purpose-driven movement of your feet, speaks volumes of your drive to achieve. Don’t slouch. Do not strut either. Walk with your feet straight, head up in the air and your shoulders erect.
You need to let the interviewer know that you are an active communicator, willing to exchange ideas. So, don’t tie those hands behind your back. Give the interviewer a firm handshake; just a wave, neither too flimsy nor too tight. Let your recruiter know that you are enthusiastic about meeting him.
A handshake would mean nothing if you don’t show that pleasure on your face. Mismatched facial expressions are a major interview faux pas. When you greet you potential boss, your face must not be in a deadpan. Vibe with your words!
Interviews could be taxing, draining every ounce of your mental strength. There might be moments when you know the right words and on others you could hardly get your mouth to squeak. No matter how tense the air around you gets, you need to maintain your posture and composure. Sit comfortably straight with your legs together and your body angled towards the interviewer. Nod periodically and maintain an eye contact instead of bluntly staring into the recruiter’s eye. Mirror your interviewer and you’ve just perfected the art!
Let your recruiter know that you’ve enjoyed the talk. Show them that you are eagerly waiting for a
collaboration and walk back with the same posture and smile. The job is yours!