Interview Communication and Body Language 101: Facial Expression

When preparing for a job interview, people focus on what they are going to say, how they are going to respond to the questions from the hiring manager. And this is definitely the most important aspect of the interview.

But there is another essential element that should not be overlooked. That is your body language. People generally don’t realize it, but you communicate as much with your body language as you do with your words. That is why it is important to pay attention to your body language during the interview.

Body language encompasses actions like how you sit, what you do with your hands, and your facial expressions. Your facial expressions can really tell a lot about your frame of mind and your emotions. Here are some tips on facial expressions during a job interview.

What Not to Do In An Interview

1. Frowning

This generally shows that a person is annoyed with something, frustrated or upset. It is a signal of disapproval. Needless to say, it’s not a good look when interviewing for a job, when you want to show just the opposite feeling.

2. Yawning

This is a well known signal for boredom, and we don’t need to tell you why you should avoid that at a job interview.

3. Pursing your lips

People may do this without realizing it, but it generally is a sign of anger, and so should be avoided during an interview.

4. Staring

This generally gives the impression that your mind is somewhere else and not focused on what it needs to.

5. Raising your eyebrows

This is a signal for surprise or disbelief, and probably would not make a good impression on the hiring manager.

6. Licking your lips

This is a strong signal of anxiety and nervousness, not what you want to convey during the interview.

7. Chewing gum

This is just plain annoying to someone who is trying to hold a conversation with you.


What You Should Do During an Interview

1. Smile

This will definitely make a good impression. It shows friendliness, confidence, goodwill.

2. Laugh

This is not something you want to do too often, but it is certainly appropriate in response to a humorous comment. Again, it shows a spirit of camaraderie and good feeling.

3. Make eye contact

This is a sign of confidence and sincerity, a desire to make a real connection. Not making eye contact, on the other hand, gives the impression of someone who is lacking in confidence, a person who is timid or even dishonest.

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