We spoke to the founder of Your Professional Presence, Khaulah Abbas, who gave us all the tips and tricks on nailing a job interview via Zoom. Now that the new norm for interviews and most communication is through your laptop screen, there are many things that we should be paying attention too, and we don't just mean appearance.
The way you sit and position yourself, or the gestures you subconsciously make on your Zoom call can give off certain impressions that may make or break your interview! So, it's important to pay attention to your own body language, and the interviewer's - you may even be able to pick up on how your interview is going by doing so.
With the help of an expert, we've got 5 body language tips for you to follow:
Smile, Nod, and Eye Contact
The trifecta of a good interview. When you have these three, you are having a good interview. Eye contact shows interest, nods are agreement and smile is friendliness. Continue matching this energy. When you feel you have rapport and click with the interviewer, you are most probably having a good interview.
Eye Contact with the Interviewer
Is your interviewer looking elsewhere or distracted much of the time? This may be because she is disengaged or not interested. Here, you may get to your point quickly and ask the interviewer a question so that they are responding and involved.
Are the interviewer’s hands relaxed and open or are they clenched and kneading each other? If they are clenched, think about the answers you are giving and clarify them as perhaps the interviewer has issue or disagrees with them.
Sitting Back or Leaning In
If an interviewer is leaning in, it shows interest in what you are saying – this is a good sign. However, if s/he is leaning back with arms crossed s/he could be bored or disconnected. If you get to this point, you may ask the interviewer a question about themselves or bring up the energy.
Fidgeting or Finger-tapping
If your interviewer is tapping fingers or shaking legs, it may best for you to get to your point across quicker as it shows the interviewer is getting impatient.
While these behaviors can be discouraging; rather than panicking and going into a freefall, maintain your confidence and poise and continue doing your best!