What body language should I be aware of when I am in an interview?
With Anne Winckel, managing director, Delta Partners
A balance between professionalism and warmth should always be your aim during a job interview so remember to smile.
It's possible that around 80 per cent of lawyers unknowingly place their hands on their face during an interview.
Body Language studies remind us that touching our ears, nose or face can be a deception indicator. Sometimes touching your face is just an unconscious habit, but remember, to the interviewer it stands out as it is an obstruction directly in their sight!
If you get nervous, avoid fidgeting or fiddling with a pen (or your jewellery or hair). Always maintain eye contact and remember, being prepared in advance can help you avoid the instinct of looking up to the ceiling as you access memories (or creative inventions!).
Finally, sit back in your seat, put your shoulders back, head high, and pull you suit jacket down so that it's not bunched around your neck - and you will present as your most professional and authoritative self.