Why is body language important in job interviews?
We know you want to make a good impression with your English knowledge at your interview, but you can breathe a sigh of relief once you have read these tips!
Keep in mind that first impressions are made in the first 7-10 seconds of an interview and that 55% of communication is through body language (38% through the tone of your voice and only 7% through the actual words that you choose). So, if you are not sure about what your body is saying to interviewers, practice in front of a mirror.
Smile with your eyes
The way to tell if someone is giving you genuine smiles is to look at their eyes. When you offer a fake smile, you use all of the muscles in the lower part of your face but your eyes do not smile. Try this in front of a mirror. Cover the lower half of your face and give a fake smile and the upper part of your face will not change. Now, think of something that amuses you and you will see how your eyes smile when you are genuine.
Seasoned interviewers know to look for the smiling eyes.
So what are you worrying about? Do your best with your English but always remember it is you who are being interviewed…not your English!
Can you answer these questions?
What can you tell me about yourself?
Most of the interviews start with this question. So introduce yourself starting with your name, where you live, qualifications, experiences, interests/hobbies. Don’t spend more than two minutes on this.
What do you know about our company?
Speak about the things you learned about the company during your research.
What can you do for us that someone else can’t?
Speak about your strengths.
What do you look for in a job?
Speak honestly about your objectives and what you are looking for.
What are your career goals?
Think about what you want to achieve in your career.
What are your strong & weak points?
Prepare for this question by evaluating yourself and your previous performance.
What position do you expect to have in 2 to 5 years?
Again it is a self assessment question and you have to plan for the next 2 to 5 years based on your capabilities.
What questions didn’t I ask that you expected?
You would have so many questions in your mind which you were expecting to be asked so you can speak about 1 or 2 important ones.
Do you have any questions for me?
At the end of interview, you will be asked this question. Prepare some questions like “How much travel is expected” and ”How will my performance be evaluated?”.