When it comes to communicating your emotions, body language accounts for 93% while words account for only 7%. So, an interviewer could potentially read your body language to determine if you’re being honest when responding to questions about whether you like or dislike certain things. Having a successful video interview will require extra effort on your part, compared to a phone or in-person interview. Body language is the way we communicate with others, and your body language during a video interview can convey your feelings. Use these tips to present your best self and land the role.
Maintain good eye contact
Looking directly at your interviewer is important during any interview, but especially so for a video interview. Thing is, some job seekers might find it challenging to know exactly where to look during the interview while they are talking. Make it a point to look directly into the camera, rather than your computer screen. Looking at yourself on the screen will show that your eyes are looking elsewhere and may cause the interviewer to feel a disconnect. Just as you would look directly at the interviewer in an in-person interview, and not to the left or right, focus your attention on them during a video interview as well.
Sit up straight
Having good posture during your interview shows that you’re alert, interested, and engaged. Slouching in your seat can look unprofessional and make it seem like you’re a little too casual – and therefore not as interested in the position as you should be. If you think that you might start to sink into your seat as the interview goes on, prop yourself up with a small – and unsightly pillow. It’ll keep you sitting straight and paying attention.
Lean in, but not too far
Usually, when someone is saying something interesting, the natural response is to lean in closer. But if you’re doing a video interview, there’s only so far you can lean in before you’re just one big eyeball to your potential employer. When you feel it’s natural to do so, you can lean in as the hiring manager is speaking but not too far. Just leaning forward a few inches is often enough during a video interview to express your interest.
A survey involving 500 hiring managers representing various industries finds that 26% of respondents say that fidgeting is one of the biggest mistakes that job candidates make. When you are doing your online interview, you don’t want to be moving all over the place. It will not only make you look distracted, but also make you appear overly nervous.
Don’t cross your arms or legs
In an attempt to keep from gesturing wildly, you might be tempted to fold your arms in front of you. Unfortunately, you might come across as closed off or upset by doing so. Since that’s not the image you want to present to a potential employer, keep your arms comfortably at your sides and your feet planted on the floor to make yourself look more open and engaged.
Avoid lip compression
In a very stressful situation, you might automatically resort to lip compression, which refers to pressing your lips together to the point where they almost appear to disappear. Do your best to avoid this since the interviewer might think that you’re perhaps very much stressed and simply want out of the situation.
Keep hands off the face
If you touch your face, you might give the impression that you’re nervous. Also, face touching can distract the interviewer.
Nod when necessary
You don’t want to interrupt your interviewer with a boisterous, “That sounds amazing!” when they’re telling you about the company culture. That’s where the art of the nod comes in. You should nod as your interviewer is speaking; this conveys a connection between the two of you and shows that you’re listening to what they’re saying. Be selective with your nods; do it often enough so that your interviewer knows you understand what they’re saying, but not too much as to look comical or not genuine.
Being aware of your body language during a video interview can be the difference between presenting yourself as a confident or nervous candidate. Follow these tips to showcase the best body language and let your skills and experience shine.