Using our CV template you should have written a professional CV and cover letter. But while you can demonstrate your skills and knowledge via your CV, one thing that doesn’t always shine through on paper is your personality. This is crucial when you attend any job interview as most employers will be looking for a personality and work ethic that matches theirs.
When creating a CV it’s important to remember how it relates to your job interview performance. If, for instance, you detail on your CV that you are a ‘bubbly and outgoing individual’ but shy away from interview questions, you are giving off mixed messages. It’s important to keep consistent.
Body language is really important when you are attending interview. Here are some of our tips on how to use body language at interview:
Things you should be aware of
Eye contact – this is crucial for demonstrating your interest in the job. Good eye contact also demonstrates trust and reliability. Keeping eye contact with the employer will automatically make them feel more comfortable and shows that you are dedicated.
Positioning – depending on the interview room this can be difficult. But as a general rule try not to sit directly opposite someone as it can be construed as confrontational. Instead angle your body slightly as it makes your appear more approachable.
Hand gestures – depending on the job you are interviewing for, hand gestures can be good and bad. You don’t want to use too many hand gestures as it can distract from the interview. But using them in the right way, like when explaining a process, can make you appear more animated and more enthusiastic about the role.
Smile – smiling throughout the interview process will make your interviewer feel at ease and demonstrate your interest in what they are saying. Also take a look at our what to wear article on ways clothing can affect the interview process.
Things to avoid
Crossing arms – crossing your arms will automatically make an interviewer feel on edge. Crossing arms can mean you’re disinterested, evasive and unapproachable. Try to always keep your arms in a neutral position like by your side or in front of you.
Looking bored – facial expressions are key to showing your enthusiasm about the role. Yawning, rolling your eyes or gazing off to the distance are all things you should avoid.
Chewing gum – it just doesn’t look very professional.