Interviewing Handbook: Appearance & Body Language

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Non-verbal communication makes up 55% of communication and strongly impacts the impression you make in your interview. The appearance and body language tips that follow are relevant for interviews in both face-to-face and virtual settings. Understanding and mastering these non-verbal communication strategies can be a game-changer in shaping a positive and lasting impression throughout your interview journey.

Appearance Tips

  • Dress one step up from what those in the workplace environment wear. If a company’s leaders and employees typically dress in jeans and T-shirts, you might wear non-denim pants and a tucked-in shirt.
  • Prioritize feeling comfortable and confident. Make sure your clothes do not restrict movement or irritate your skin so that you can focus on the interview.
  • Make sure your clothes are clean, free of wrinkles, and properly fitting.
  • Ensure your hair and body are clean and well-groomed.
  • If you have questions about what to wear to make the right impression, ask your recruiter.

Body Language Tips

  • Strike a power pose before the interview to increase confidence and reduce stress. See this blog post for more details.
  • While in your power pose, visualize yourself succeeding.
  • View interviews as opportunities for growth rather than focusing solely on the outcome.
  • Maintain a confident posture, make eye contact, and use open gestures.
  • Subtly mirror the interviewer’s body language.
  • Speak clearly and confidently.
  • Be friendly and positive. People hire someone they want to work with.
  • Minimize fidgeting.
  • Smile, bring good energy, relax, and have fun!

Good luck with your next interview! We hope you are able to show up with confidence, relax, and have fun.

If you’re looking for more interviewing tips, check out our Interview Handbook.


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