All-pumped for the big interview? Ready to wow the employers with your awesome presentation slides and graphics? Hold your horses. Before you unleash those “wicked” presentation skills, you should consider that your body has already done half your interview for you. Here are some tips to leave those employers in awe from the very beginning :

It’s Not All About Words

The main issue with body language is that it may not show what you really feel; when you leave your hands in your pockets, or stiffly by your side, it can give employers the impression that you may be insecure, even when you’re not. The idea is to give an aura of confidence, optimism and power. For example, by avoiding looking at people, it may be a sign that you’re being less honest with them.

Eye Contact

This applies to every single individual in the world. Everyone wants to feel important. You can do that by merely keeping eye contact with your employer. However, it may not be as easy of a task as it may sound, as breaking eye contact could even be a deal-breaker. So remember, a slight distraction, be it a slight phone vibration in your pocket, it could cause you your future job.

Posture

A bad posture is often related to a lack of confidence or a lack of interest. Hold your posture when you’re sitting or standing. Don’t slouch, especially during a job interview. Even leaning back on your chair can show that you’re lazy and unmotivated or not passionate about the job. Lean forward when seated. By sitting toward the front of your chair and leaning forward slightly, you will look far more interested, engaged, and enthusiastic.

Remove Physical Barriers

Don’t let anything get in the way of you and your job. That means even by hiding behind chairs, tables and by crossing your arms, you are blocking out your listener, and this prevents a real connection to take place between you and your employer.

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Posted by Derek Toh

Derek is the founder and CEO of WOBB.CO. He was part of the pioneer batch for the Stanford-MaGIC Entrepreneurship Program, and is also a mentor for McKinsey & Company's Youth Leadership Academy. Derek is on a mission to revolutionise work culture in Asia. He cares about initiatives that improve education and the talent market. Derek is also a big fan of superhero movies, and has been told that he drinks too much coffee during the day.