Positive Body Language at an Interview
Well done for making it to the interview table – this proves that academically you are qualified to perform the job. The next hurdle, and it is a big one, is how to impress in person. This, in a nutshell, boils down to portraying an image of positive body language, which is extremely important in the education profession; as effective communication is an essential part of building and maintaining good relationships.
Consider the following:
Check your appearance before entering the building, or alternatively find a (restroom/wc) wherever the interview may be held, if need be drink some cold water so that your mouth is not dry.
- Appearance – conservative colours, do not wear too many colours, clothes should be clean and neat.
- Look groomed, this will show you have prepared for the interview. Bear in mind that first impressions stick.
- Stand upright and have a firm handshake with whomever you meet.
- Do not sit down first, wait until invited to take a seat. Sit upright and avoid fidgeting.
- Keep your hands still.
Look your interviewer in the eye and maintain eye-contact throughout the interview. If you are before a panel try and give each member of the panel a glance – do not for the whole interview look at one interviewer only.
Speak slowly – remember your voice, this will reflect your personality, consider the tone of your voice avoid speaking in a monotone pitch, think about the clarity of diction and pause on keywords – this will emphasise any significant points. A good voice will also show ease and reflect your measure of confidence.
Wear a smile! Show a willingness to learn and be flexible in anything which may initially appear to be a problem. Be optimistic but be careful not to come across too confident and overly presumptuous. There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence.
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