Let your body language do the talking
People get first impressions not only by what you say, but even more so on your non-verbal communication. Research has indicated that your body language communicates more to another person than what you say or your tone of voice. In fact, 90% of information that reaches the brain is visual, which explains why people tend to form first impressions so quickly. You don’t need to say that much to give a first impression. As body language has a large effect on the interviewer’s first impression and perception of you, you want to use these nonverbal-impressions to your advantage. Being aware of your body language can result in an immediate improvement and help you to get the job. In this blog we will provide you with some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when going for an online video interview.
Eye contact is extremely important for building connections with others. However, eye contact when using tech devices may not always be that easy. It is important to remind yourself of the fact that you should make proper eye contact with your interviewer, even if you are using a webcam. Maintaining frequent eye contact not only makes it possible to build a connection, it also shows that you are really paying attention and engaging with the situation. Resist the urge to look at yourself and try to look right into the camera.
Smile – you’re on camera!
Make sure you don’t forget to direct a few smiles at the camera once in a while. Smiling is a universal facial expression recognized all over the world. It sends a signal that you are open and approachable and it makes you seem more relaxed and confident. Moreover, it demonstrates that you are truly enthusiastic about the job and will add some positive energy to the company.
Keep an open posture
Closed body language cuts off conversation so keep a natural and open posture. Sit up straight, let your shoulders drop naturally and avoid crossing your arms, it can make you look unfriendly and disengaged. Just rest your hands on your knees or keep your arms beside your body. Use your hands to make a gesture but try not to wave your hands around too much. It makes you look nervous and it can be really distracting, especially when enlarged in a smaller video frame. You could also subtly try and mirror the interviewer’s body language. This is a well-known technique to build a connection with your conversation partner.
Watch out for fidgeting. When we’re nervous our energy often manifests itself in the form of physical tics. Drumming your fingers, slouching in your chair or playing with your hair, it can all make you look nervous and insecure. Keep your hands on the desk. Try to sit still, relax, breath and speak with resonance and confidence.
Even though it is important to be aware of your body language, don’t force it too much. Your body language can act as a lie detector and it will be visible if you try to fake it. Be yourself and try to relax. Remember that it is totally normal that you are feeling a little nervous and can’t control your every move.