As one of the leading staffing agencies in Lynchburg – and Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows there’s plenty of information out there about analyzing the body language of job candidates. But what about your own body language when you’re interviewing? Have you ever thought about how it can impact a candidate’s perception of you and your company?
To ensure you don’t let any bad body language signals get in the way of attracting the best talent, here are a few habits to avoid:
Habit #1: Drumming your fingers.
When you drum your fingers on your desk, it sends the message that you’re impatient and stressed. A candidate will wonder: if a job interview has you so frustrated, what will you be like to work for? Instead, keep your hands at rest in your lap. Or, if your hands need something to do, keep a pen handy and make notes during the interview.
Habit #2: Rubbing your neck.
Another seemingly innocent habit involves rubbing your face or neck. The neck is home to many nerve endings and, when rubbed, it can lower your heart rate and provide comfort to you.
So if you’re uncomfortable, you might unconsciously touch or rub your neck as a calming mechanism. While it might seem like an innocent gesture, doing it too much during a job interview can indicate discomfort and stress.
Habit #3: Jiggling your leg or foot.
While many people have this habit, it can be especially harmful during a job interview. Not only does it send the message that you’re nervous, but it’s also incredibly distracting to the job candidate who’s trying to focus on answering your questions. So make an effort to sit still during the job interview with your legs crossed or both feet on the floor.
Habit #4: Folding your arms across your chest.
This can indicate a couple things – none of them good. It can say that you aren’t open to answering questions and have something to hide. Or it can signify that you think you’re superior to the job candidate. You don’t want job candidates to walk away from an interview thinking either, so be sure to keep your arms at your side or on your desk.
Habit #5: Smiling when talking about serious subjects.
There’s nothing wrong with smiling during an interview. And in fact, a friendly grin can certainly put a job candidate at ease. However, if you’re smiling too much – especially when covering serious topics or answering questions important to the job candidate – you’re essentially saying you don’t take the interview seriously.
You may be bored, stressed or uncomfortable in certain interviewing scenarios. However, it’s important not to let it show to the job candidate. If you do, it can reflect poorly on you, the position and the company.
If you need more help hiring terrific candidates, give Adams & Garth a call. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Lynchburg – and Central Virginia, we’ll work with you to learn about your company, your culture, and your key staffing pains. We’ll then get to work sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates so we can find the ones that are a great fit for you.