Your resume is seamless. Your skill set is impressive. You’ve been practicing a realm of possible interview questions for months. All things considered, you feel confident when the phone call or email arrives letting you know that you have been chosen for a job interview.
However, many hopeful job seekers fail to take into account their body language when it comes to landing their next job. Just as you take note of body language in casual conversation between friends and family, the hiring manager will be studying your body in the interview. The idea is to come across as warm and likeable versus over-confident or frazzled.
You may have little to no control over the circumstances before you on the day of your interview. A flat tire on your drive in or a heavy rain on your perfectly styled hair can really throw a damper on your plans of arriving cool, calm and collected. Although such events are obviously unforeseen and ill-timed, they can’t allow you to lose your composure for the interview. You have to find a way to pull yourself together and appear confident and unscathed for the interview.
On the other end of the spectrum is the temptation to appear arrogant and over-confident. Maybe your commute into the city on the big day went perfectly. You are dressed impeccably and well-versed in exactly how you want to answer any difficult interview questions that may arise, and you know that your hard work on your crisp resume was well-received. Despite your confidence, however, you want to come across as warm and approachable. Do not sit down and carry yourself in a way that puts on airs or conveys that you already think you run the place. Despite your hard work and preparedness, you still want to come across as humble and eager to learn, capable yet shapeable.
When your next big interview arrives, just remember that the way that you sit and use your body says much more about you than you realize. Preparing yourself in this way for your interview can either greatly help or hinder you, so make sure it’s the former and not the latter. And, as always, give us a call at Platinum Resumes for professional advice and assistance with any and all of your job search needs!