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What do positive signals look like in an interview?​

We can give positive and negative signals when we talk to people. In this section you will cover how to give positive signals and things to avoid doing.

Positive examples include:

  • Leaning forward slightly to show your enthusiasm and nodding whenever is appropriate
  • Make sure you actively listen to show you’re interested in someone. Concentrate on what they are saying, show that you’re listening (nodding and making eye contact), and respond appropriately e.g. ask a question.
  • Maintain eye contact – lack of eye contact can lead your interviewer to think that you’re shy, disinterested, or dishonest. If you are speaking to more than one interviewer, be sure to look at each interviewer in the eye for at least a couple of seconds. Direct your answers to all the people in the room.
  • It’s also important to think about your volume and speed when talking. Making sure you speak loud enough to be clearly heard by everyone and not too fast.
  • Consider how you present yourself. It’s important to be smart, clean and wear something that helps you feel confident and relaxed.

Negative examples include:

  • Avoid nervous or bored body language like repeatedly crossing and uncrossing your legs or arms, fiddling with your hair or clothes, continually touching your face or scratching your head. 

The way you shake someone’s hand can also affect the signals you give off.While a limp handshake is bad, a bone-breaking handshake isn’t much better. Clasp your interviewer’s hand firmly and confidently, but don’t overdo it!