When meeting with a potential employer it’s imported to be aware of what messages you are sending out. Often, what you are doing can speak louder than what you are saying.

From the other side of the desk, it is important for a hiring manage to pay attention to the nonverbal signs that show information on a person’s attitude, outlook, interest, and approach.

As an interviewee it is an important to know that what you do and what you say will affect you equally. Turn negative body language into positive body language with these tips from Job interview skills:

  • smile often (shows humility, approachability, and friendliness)
  • sit up straight in the chair at all times, and do not lean back (shows proactivity and readiness to respond)
  • maintain strong eye contact with interviewer and keep the chin up (shows confidence)
  • not roll the eyes or shrug the shoulders (candidate lacks humility and may be hard to get along with)
  • not gaze out the window with a blank stare (candidate lacks focus and is easily distracted)
  • use hand gestures to emphasize words and to further communicate what is being said (shows strong communication skills)
  • smile with eyes wide open when describing skills (shows excitement, positivity, and enthusiasm for job role)
  • dress for success with updated outfit that matches the company’s dress code (shows proactivity in fitting in with the team and keeping up with the latest trends)
  • ensure good hygiene including clean and attractive hairstyle, fresh breath, and cologne/perfume (shows that taking care of oneself translates into taking care of the skills and requirements of the position)
  • not become too casual, even if the job interview goes well (candidate may become lazy, lackadaisical, or may not take the job seriously)
  • always exude positivity, humility, enthusiasm, and confidence (serves to convince the employer that if the candidate is this confident and positive about the job, perhaps he or she is indeed a good fit)

Take the University of Kent nonverbal quiz and see what kind of body language expert you are.