It is amazing how we communicate through body language. Much can be learned about a person this way. It has been said that it takes no more than 30 seconds for a prospective employer to sum you up. As much as this has to do with your appearance, a great deal of this also has to do with your body language. You want to ensure that from the word go, you are making the right impression. First impressions definitely count!
The ‘hello’ and handshake!
You want to create an interest from “hello!” Be ready and prepared when being fetched from reception or entering an office. Avoid adjusting your clothing (ie. shifting your tie or pulling your skirt). Avoid a ‘limp’ handshake and confidently, but not too firmly, shake the interviewer's hand and make eye contact while saying hello.
So why is eye contact so important and what can be read from this? If you keep looking down it makes you seem insincere or submissive. Having shifty eyes may lead the interviewer to think that you are looking for an escape route. This can also be seen as a lack of confidence and possibly that you have something to hide. Instead, when either the interviewer or you are talking, make regular eye contact to show that you are actively listening. It shows you are involved and interested. If there is more than one person interviewing you, include each of the people by sharing eye contact between them. Be as natural as possible! How would you make eye contact when engaging with your friends? Try to apply that.
Posture and how to sit:
Your hands are expressive communication tools and can effectively be used to your advantage. Hands can be used as extremely positive body language. Be careful however, they can also send the wrong message.