You’ve perfected your elevator pitch, can explain your greatest weakness, and know exactly where you want to be in five years. But have you studied your body language? If not, you could end up costing yourself a job offer.
Half of interviewers decide within the first five minutes of an interview whether a person is the right match for the job, a survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers by job search website CareerBuilder found. Often, it’s body language miscues that are turning them off. Fidgeting, a weak handshake, or a constant grimace can leave a bad impression and can take even the most talented candidates out of the running for the position. Combine those errors with other mistakes, like dressing inappropriately, swearing, or displaying an arrogant attitude, and you have a recipe for an interview disaster.
Nervousness is likely to blame for many of the body language mistakes people are making when they come in for a face-to-face interview. If you’re anxious about sitting down with the hiring manager, the result could be sweaty palms, shifty eyes, and pen twirling, all of which could hurt your chances of getting an offer. To banish those interview jitters, you need to prepare.
“The best solution to minimize pre-interview anxiety is solid preparation,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, said in a statement. “If you don’t read about the company and research your role thoroughly, you could magnify your fear of interviewing poorly and lose the opportunity.”
Not sure if your body language is all wrong? Check out this list of the 10 biggest body language mistakes you can make in an interview, according to CareerBuilder’s survey.