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Dos and Don’ts for Body Language during an Interview

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Summary: Body language says a lot about what kind of person you are during an interview. Know what you do so that you don’t send the wrong message.

Did you know that 90 percent of what you say during an interview doesn’t actually come out of your mouth? Your body says more for you than you even mean to sometimes, so make sure it is saying the right thing. Even the littlest things can make a big impact on how the interviewer views you. The interview is what makes it or breaks it for you so make sure you make it and get the job offer you worked so hard for.


  • Carry 1 item: Carrying a briefcase, bags, and a big coat makes you disorganized and sloppy.
  • Shoes matter: Employers admit that the back of your shoes are the last thing remember.
  • Sit slightly angled: Sitting this way is like saying “we’re on the same side.”
  • Poised: Practice a “power pose” before the interview to convey poise and confidence.


  • Smile nervously: Too much smiling makes you seem nervous. Smile only at the appropriate times and when you enter and exit the interview.
  • Purse your lips: This makes you look like you are holding back something.
  • Arm space: Claim your space with arms uncrossed but don’t be overly territorial.
  • Touch your face and hair: A big sign of nervousness is touching your hair and face a lot.

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Dos and Don’ts for Body Language during an Interview by
Authored by: Amanda Griffin