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Video Interviews: Does Body Language Matter?

Published: June 09, 2015 In: Interview Tips

Why Body Language Matters in Video Interview?

Interviews are stressful. No kidding. From the moment you enter the room till the moment you leave, you will be scrutinized. However, if you let your body speak right, you have won half the battle! This goes for video interviews as well where body language plays a crucial role. Here are some simple, yet powerful, tips to get you going in the right direction in an interview!

To check out how video interviews work, check out our Candidate Guide

  1. Always sit all the way back in your seat. Sitting on the edge of the seat shows nervousness and low confidence. Pretend as though there’s a string tying you to the chair to avoid slouching.

  2. At all times maintain face contact during the interview. It is an effective way to ensure that you look interested and to keep the interviewer engaged. Looking elsewhere will give the interviewer the notion that you are either lying, not confident or uninterested, and you do not want them thinking that.

  3. Another important thing you need to keep under check is where your feet and fingers are. This includes shaking your legs or tapping your feet or even fingertips. Make sure your feet are planted firmly on the floor, and your hands are either busy gesturing or are calmly placed on your lap to avoid that.

  4. Last but not the least, refrain from touching your face or playing with your hair. People who do so project themselves as dishonest and untrustworthy. To not give the impression of being bored or disinterested, try to avoid rubbing your head or neck. Moreover, as for sitting with your arms crossed, don’t do it! It just makes you look defensive and unapproachable.

Changing tracks to etiquette, always remember to acknowledge everyone in the interview room with a greeting. Also, do not forget to carry a pen along with your certificates and other necessary documents. Now that you know the basics of the language go ahead and flaunt your confidence with your body language skills in your next interview!

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Written by: Premna Suzanne Jacob

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