You won’t go wrong being sensitive to both
the interviewer’s and candidate’s body languages.
Look carefully to understand what signals may
possibly be being unconsciously sent in these
1. some innocent gestures may be suggestive of
different signals– “I’m married” “I’m available”
“I’m attracted”– raising hand to eye level to display
wedding bands, hair tousling, licking lips and eye
and eye-brow gestures
2. maintain an appropriate distance between
interviewer and candidate. If there is no table,
consider adjusting your seat to a slight angle,
making it still easy to have good eye contact.
Keep your feet on the ground and arms
relaxed on your lap, or involved in the conversation
and occasionally touching an interview table,
when present, are appropriate. Crossing legs,
other than at the ankles or folding arms,
3. There are behaviors, even while waiting
for interviews to start that should be minimized.
Hands on hips, clasping hands behind one’s
head and the athletic stretching movements
should be done in private, if at all.
4. Your voice needs to be strong and
consistently confident whether in person
or on a telephone interview. Keep your
thoat moist.with mints or menthol drops that
lubricate and medicate. Remember to start
speaking a little louder at the beginning of
a statement and settle to your normal voice
projection. On the phone, know a proper,
comfortable position for both speaking and
hearing. Don’t hesitate to ask if voice and
transmission are clear at the beginning of
a phone conversation.
Smiling while speaking offers warmth and
Susan Ireland speaks to several body
gestures in her blog.