Do you have an upcoming video interview? Unsure of how to sell yourself in a video job interview? With so much of work being done remotely, it is important to master the skill of interviewing by video. Here are seven body language tips to practice so you can be sure to make a great impression.
1. Lean in
It should go without saying, but you should not be leaning back in your chair or slouching while interviewing. Lean a little forward to show your interviewer that you are interested and engaged. Note that leaning in does not mean going so far forward that only your nose and eyes are in frame.
2. Use hand gestures
Believe it or not, using of hand gestures is a great way of showing you are engaged and excited. But again, moderation is key. There is no need to use big, outlandish movements while speaking. Remember to keep your palms open, as it signals that you have nothing to hide.
3. Keep your hands visible
Similar to using hand gestures, make sure your hands are visible and always in frame. This is a great alternative for those who struggle to talk with their hands. And just like before, do not forget to keep your palms open, as it communicates the same transparency and honesty as hand gestures.
4. Maintain eye contact
Like many of the previous tips, this is another balancing act. Maintaining eye contact is important, but you do not want to be creepy and stare the entire time. Not to mention, too much eye contact can come off as aggressive. Rotate between looking into your camera and diverting your gaze off-screen from time to time.
5. Smile genuinely
There is an untapped power that comes from smiling. Smiling communicates a sense of ease and kindness that will serve you well in any setting, especially during a video interview. That does not mean you must have a goofy grin the entire time. But find the right moment to smile, nod, or even laugh.
6. Do not cross your arms or legs
Even if your legs are not in the shot, you can tell by someone’s posture if they are sitting with their legs crossed. And just like you want to keep your palms up and hands in frame, you do not want to cross your arms. Crossed extremities can give the impression you are closed off or have something to hide.
7. Mirror the interviewer
Mirroring can be a powerful technique to show attentiveness and engagement when communication with others. When in a video interview, mirror the body language and actions of the person interviewing you. If he or she is more serious, be more serious. If he or she is smiling and laughing, make sure you do the same. This portrays confidence and shows that you will fit in.
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