What to Do With Your Hands During an Interview
Body language is very noticeable during interviews. Often, we are so focused on what to say verbally and forget what we are saying physically. From the color of our outfit to the questions we ask to the way we present yourself when we walk through the door, every little detail matters in an interview.
While we might be aware of what we are saying and how we are sitting, we tend to forget about our hands. When people get nervous, they start to fiddle with watches or keys, shake their hands, etc. These gestures say a lot about who we are and our subconscious thoughts.
What have you been saying during your interview with your hands? Here are 6 tips on the right and wrong ways to hold your hands during an interview.
DO show your Palms.
- The meaning of having open palms goes back centuries. Open palms show sincerity, honesty, and submission. By having open palms during an interview, you are inviting trust.
DO press your fingertips together.
- Have you ever noticed that politicians and executives tend to press their fingertips together when giving speeches and sitting in meetings? That’s because when you press your fingertips together, it is a display of confidence. According to Forbes, by pressing their fingertips together, you are communicating that you are confident in the point you are making.
DON’T hold your palms down.
- Holding your hands down is a sign of dominance. It communicates that you want to take control of the interview instead of the interviewer leading it. This communication is better for a salary negotiation rather than an interview.
DON’T conceal your hands.
- When you conceal your hands, it gives off the perception that you have something to hide. Whether it’s putting them in your pockets or hiding them under the table in your lap, it gives off the impression that you’re not telling the whole story.
DON’T tap your fingers.
- When nerves kick in, fidgeting can come about. When you tap your fingers during an interview, it shows impatience- a personality trait you don’t want to exhibit during an interview. Try to give your hands more positive energy. For example, use light hand gestures that flow with the conversation.
DON’T cross your arms.
- When you cross your arms over your chest, it is a gesture of being defensive and insecure. During an interview, you want to show confidence. If you catch yourself being closed off by folding your arms over your chest, try leaving your arms resting on the arm of the chair or folded one over the other in your lap. It will give off the appearance that you are open and confident.
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