The 9 Worst Interview Mistakes Related to Your Body Language

Interview MistakesIn interviews people make mistakes. And the worst interview mistakes are those related to your body language. Why they are the worst mistakes? Simply because you may not recognize them. And they may cause you not getting the job. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you avoid the following 9 worst interview mistakes related your body language.

As soon as you walk into a room, before you say anything, people are already trying to figure out who you are. What signals and messages are you sending with your posture and facial expressions? Isn’t that right?

In a job interview, your body language is especially important, since your behavioral habits communicate certain messages to hiring managers. Surely, your experience, knowledge, and your credentials are important. But your body language behavior is equally important.

In a survey released by job site CareerBuilder, 48% of hiring managers said they know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for the job. And the candidate’s body language is a top factor in their decisions. You see? Body language is a top factor!

CareerBuilder asked 2,201 hiring managers about the worst body language mistakes they’ve seen in an interview. Here’s what they said:

1. Failure to make eye contact
Managers who’ve seen it: 70%

2. Failure to smile ­
Managers who’ve seen it: 44%

3. Bad posture
Managers who’ve seen it: 35%

4. Fidgeting too much
Managers who’ve seen it: 35%

5. Playing with something on the table ­
Managers who’ve seen it: 29%

6. Handshake that is too weak ­
Managers who’ve seen it: 27%

7. Crossing your arms over your chest 
Managers who’ve seen it: 24%

8. Playing with your hair or touching your face ­
Managers who’ve seen it: 24%

9. Using too many hand gestures
Managers who’ve seen it: 10%

When in an interview, remember that it’s normal to be nervous, but you should learn to control your body and face so the nerves don’t show. If your body language says you’re anxious, hiring managers may think you aren’t capable or confident enough to do the job required. Moreover, your body language may send different messages than what you intend to. Therefore, avoid those interview mistakes to increase your chances of getting the job.


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