Body language is a vital form of communication that many of us pay little to no attention to. Whether you are a manager, supervisor or hands-on employee, body language plays a vital role to your career success. When properly used it can open doors to establish and develop business relationships.
Follow these body language tips to make an impression:
Hand gestures: While some cultures involve more hand movements than others, as a general rule it is better to keep hand gestures small and assertive. Small gestures tend to make the biggest point and generate trust.
Smile: A smile can influence others’ response to you by demonstrating openness, energy and trustworthiness, but can be easily mistaken when done excessively and perceived as insincere. Recent research discovered people tend to find those who smile more memorable, what a great way to stand out of the crowd during your job interview!
Fidgeting: This one requires some practice and commitment to stop, especially if you are quite new to the workforce. Playing with your pen or with your hair is a clear sign of lack of confidence when discussing an important matter. There’s no worse deal breaker than someone fidgeting throughout their entire interview or sales pitch.
Crossed Arms: A no-go. The reason why you are crossing your arms may vary, but remember business revolves around perceptions and this will lead others to believe you are uncomfortable. Try keeping your hands visible and relaxed.
Eye contact: Cultural difference may convince some that eye contact is inappropriate with someone higher up the ladder, but the truth is, in Australia (and most parts of the western world) eye contact is expected in most business situations for at least half of the time. Eye contact can be a key factor when securing a job, as it denotes your interest and confidence.