How to make a good impression during the first interview?
The body language is a type of nonverbal communication and it is a physical behaviour, often opposed to words. This code is used to express a lot of information about yourself and includes facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space.
We know the time spent during the interview can be overwhelming. You might also feel nervous and stressed out, and this could hinder your focus and perhaps struggle to tell the interviewer who you really are and make a good impression to land the job you have applied for.
We identified six easy steps that you should follow to give a very good impression of yourself:
- Maintaining eye contact is important to transmit the sense of self-confidence to the interviewer.
- Smiling is synonymous of positivity personality.
- The style of speaking and the gesticulation should be calm and moderate. The manner in which something is said can affect how it should be interpreted.
- The handshake should be firm and friendly to give the sense of a strong personality.
- Having a good posture is appreciated both when you stand up and sit down. It means that you are focused and participatory.
- Don’t keep your arms crossed because it is a signal of closure and defence. Keep them in an opened and relaxed way.
The body language is important as much as the language of the words and sometimes it is more significant then what you are saying. It might be worth practising with a member of your family, a friend or colleague, especially if you have not attended any interviews up to now so this would work in your favour!
What you communicate through your body language and nonverbal signals affects how others see you, how well they like and respect you, and whether or not they trust you.