via Nooga : Most people going in for an interview think about how they will answer questions, but a recent survey found that body language also speaks volumes.
An OfficeTeam survey of senior managers found that 30 percent of candidates display negative body language during interviews.
Respondents identified eye contact as the most significant nonverbal cue when meeting with applicants.
Managers also noticed facial expressions, posture, handshakes, fidgeting and hand gestures, according to the survey.
“Body language is the initial impression before you open your mouth,” Sandy Saylors, vice president of Robert Half and OfficeTeam in Chattanooga, said.
Eye contact, good posture and a solid handshake all convey engagement and interest.
Avoiding looking someone in the eyes or slumping can prompt negative views from a manager, who may think the person is disinterested, dishonest, bored or lacking in confidence, she said.
“Candidates need to do everything they can to increase their chances of receiving an offer—and that includes avoiding negative and distracting nonverbal behaviors,” Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam, said in a prepared statement.
With the handshake, interviewees want to strike a balance of firmness, Saylors said.
“It needs to be somewhat firm but not overly firm and not so light that it feels awkward,” she said.