When you go into an interview, the way you carry yourself speaks volumes about who you are as a person. Your posture can convey confidence, or lack thereof. It can show that you're comfortable in your own skin, or that you're nervous and uncertain. Paying attention to your body language is key to making a good impression during an interview - here's how to make sure yours is saying all the right things.
How your posture during an interview can make or break the impression you give off
An interview is a two-way street. The interviewer wants to learn about you, and you want to learn about the company. But before any of that can happen, you have to make a good first impression—and your posture plays a big role in that.
Good posture shows that you’re alert and engaged. It makes you look confident, which is important because confidence is one of the qualities interviewers are looking for. And finally, good posture just looks better than slouching in your chair or fidgeting nervously.
On the other hand, bad posture conveys all the wrong messages. It makes you look bored or uninterested, like you don’t really want to be there. It communicates lack of confidence, which again is something interviewers are looking for. And it can make you seem nervous or anxious, neither of which will give off a great impression.
So what does good posture look like?
First of all, sit up straight in your chair with your back against the backrest. Your shoulders should be relaxed and down; avoid hunching them up around your ears. Rest your hands calmly in your lap or on the armrests of the chair; don’t fidget or play with anything nearby (including your hair!).
Keep your feet flat on the floor; crossing them at the ankle looks more relaxed than tucking them under yourself uncomfortably. And finally, maintain eye contact with the interviewer throughout most of the conversation; breaking eye contact occasionally is perfectly normal and shows that you’re listening intently.
The importance of good posture and how it can help you in an interview
It is no secret that first impressions are important, especially when it comes to interviews. Your posture can be a key factor in making a good impression and landing the job. Good posture shows confidence, which is something every employer looks for in an employee. It also conveys trustworthiness and professionalism.
Here are some tips on ways you can improve your posture for an interview:
- Stand up straight with your shoulders back and down. This may seem like common sense, but many people forget to do this when they get nervous. Avoid slouching at all costs! Not only does it look bad, but it makes you appear unconfident and unprepared.
- Make eye contact with the interviewer(s). This shows that you are engaged in the conversation and interested in what they have to say.
- Don’t be afraid to smile – it will make you seem more approachable and likable.
- Sit up straight in your chair with your feet planted firmly on the ground. Again, this seems like common sense but so many people let their legs dangle or cross them while sitting, which looks sloppy and uncomfortable.
- Plus, if you’re not paying attention to your posture while sitting then chances are you won’t be paying attention during the actual job either!
Why first impressions matter: what your posture says about you before you even speak
When you meet someone for the first time, what do you notice about them? Do you pay attention to their clothes, hair, and makeup? Or do you focus on their posture, how they are standing or sitting? It turns out that your body language says a lot about you before you even open your mouth.
In fact, research has shown that people make judgments about others within the first seven seconds of meeting them. And these judgments are based largely on nonverbal cues such as posture. Good posture conveys confidence, which is why it’s so important to have good posture when meeting someone new.
Slouching or hunching over sends the message that you lack confidence and are not interested in the person or conversation.
On the other hand, standing up straight with your shoulders back communicates that you’re ready and willing to engage with the other person. In addition to confidence, good posture also conveys power and authority. This is especially true for men; studies have shown that men who adopt an expansive (i.e., taking up more space) stance are perceived as more powerful than those who don’t.
For women, however, taking up too much space can be seen as aggressive or domineering; instead, they should aim for a more neutral stance with their feet shoulder-width apart.So next time you meet someone new, remember to stand up straight and tall! It might just give you the edge you need to make a great first impression.