Position Yourself For The Job With Posture

24/04/15

The Internships Team at Performance Education Group talk a lot about the importance of body language. Body language, as many of you would know, is a way of communicating our attitudes and feelings through our body and not through spoken word.

Communication through our body language conveys an incredibly powerful message, with much research claiming that it is the unspoken communication that delivers the majority of the message. Some examples of this nonverbal communication are head movements, nail biting, arms crossed over the chest, body posture, and hand movements.

Body language can be used to express a positive message but it can also be misused to convey a negative impression. In this article I am going to focus on one area of nonverbal communication – posture.

Posture is one of the most important forms of body language because it is often the first to be noticed. When I was a child, my mother would always comment on my posture. She would say to me that how I carry myself speaks volumes about how I feel about myself. When I was slouching, she would say that I was communicating to others that I was not confident in myself and that I was disinterested in general. It wasn’t until I entered the workforce that I truly understood the importance of my mother’s advice.

Never is posture more important than during a job interview. Using appropriate interview body language in your job interview is essential to your success. Good posture will show the interviewer that you are prepared, professional and confident.

From the moment you walk into the building you should be standing tall with your shoulders straight. The receptionist or customer service officer will be making an assessment on you from the moment you walk in. If you are asked to take a seat and wait for your interviewer, do not slouch on the furniture. Ensure that you are sitting up straight with your hands on your lap, looking alert and eager to meet your interviewer. It’s essential to stay on your best behaviour at all times!

When the interviewer offers you a seat at the start of the job interview, sit upright but not too stiffly in your chair. This indicates that you are comfortable and feeling confident. When you sit correctly, it also helps you project your words when speaking. It says to the interviewer that you have conviction in what you are saying. When you are sitting up straight, it also encourages you to look directly into the interviewer’s eyes when speaking.

It is also very important to control your hands and to be conscious of what you are doing with them. Fiddling with your hair or touching your face conveys nervousness and anxiety. We all become nervous in interviews, but we need to ensure that our body language does not project that of someone who is underprepared.

Most of the time when we are preparing for an interview, we are concerned with what we are going to say. Given that in an interview, we only have a short period of time to impress, one of the easiest and most powerful ways do this is through our posture.

Remembering these tips will help you to feel more prepared and confident when it comes to preparing for your next interview. Let our placement consultants help you to find the right placement for you and before you know it you can be on your way to applying these skills in practice.  

Good luck with your interviews!

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