The body language in a job interview

Writen by: 
Ralica Atanasova

Research shows that the first impression you create in the interviewer is shaped as follows: 7% of what you say, 38% of your voice and 55% of your body language. So, besides preparing for the questions you are likely to ask, you need to know what signals your body should send.


As small as it may seem at first glance, the handshake also sends an important message. It is, so to speak, the first professional point of contact. It is important for your grip to be tight, but not excessively strong and pressing. The other extreme is also not good. The effect of "dead fish" - a handshake with a terribly weak grip - shows a lack of interest, motivation, passivity. It is through this gesture that you have your first touch with the interviewer, so it is important to be level. If needed, train the "catch" with someone close to you.

Visual contact

The look is extremely important for building a good relationship with the interviewer. You have to look at it in the eyes when you shake, and during the interview when you talk or ask questions. By performing this gesture, you show that you are involved in the conversation that you are interested, and above all, that you are confident. Of course, do not turn the eye contact into a permanent eye. This will make you look too aggressive.

Hand position

Usually people wonder what to do with their hands, and often look stiff. Our advice is to use gestures while talking. Of course, not too much. If you have the opportunity, show your palms - so a non-verbal sign of engagement and sincerity is given. Never, however, keep your hands behind or crossed. You will look closed and resistant. For those of you who worry about using them, you can put your palms together in a handful, slightly stretched forward, at rest.


If you simply lean back, you will look lazy and / or arrogant. Tilting forward is also not recommended - it can be aggressive. Find the balance. Stay with your back straight to the chair, in a neutral position that radiates confidence and tranquility.


Smile as much as you can. And naturally possible, even though you're worried. Even laugh, where appropriate, and / or if the interviewer laughs. The smile is among the easiest and at the same time strong positive footprints you can leave to someone.

The expression

It is important that what is written on your face coincides with what you are saying. Often we lose control of our mummies and they express a certain inner attitude that we try to hide with our words, but our own expression gives us. Make sure there are no such discrepancies, as the interviewer will quickly catch them.

After all, go to the interview prepared and interested in the position. Body language is extremely important, so prepare yourself well for the interview, and be yourself.



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