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Job Interview Body Language Do's And Don'ts

The day of your job interview has finally arrived and you walk into the building feeling confident. Then something happens when you enter the hiring manager's office: You start to feel nervous. All that confidence seems to disappear and it starts to show in your body language.

What was described above is a nightmare scenario for any job seeker but it's one that happens more often than you think. Anxiety often manifests itself through nervous body language -- crossed arms, constantly fidgeting -- which in turn creates a negative impression on the interviewer.

Bad body language can also haunt interviewees who are not nervous simply because they do not know what constitutes poor posture. Below are some do's and don'ts to inform job seekers what is and what is not appropriate to do during a job interview:


  • Sit up straight and lean slightly forward in your chair.
  • Show your enthusiasm by maintaining an interested expression.
  • Create appropriate personal space between you and the interviewer. Anything more than 20 inches can make for an uncomfortable situation.
  • Don't wear too much perfume or cologne.
  • Refrain from staring at the interviewer should an interruption concern, and show your willingness to leave the room if they desire.
  • Rub the back of your head or neck.
  • Rub or touch your nose.
  • Fold your arms across your chest.
  • Slouch in your chair.
  • Stare at the interviewer with a blank expression.
  • Fidget with your fingers or shake your legs.
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