Body language at interviews

A job interview is your big moment to shine – yet so many people make these classic mistakes, signalling the end of their interview process.

Here are the top five most common and off-putting interview mistakes and how to avoid them:

  1. Lack of enthusiasm for the company and job – make sure you research the company online and read the job description thoroughly. You need to convey how much you want to work for the company in the specific job role applied for and why.
  2. Inappropriately dressed – check in advance what the dress code is for the company and interview and dress accordingly.
  3. Weak handshake and negative body language – show the employer that you are confident (but not arrogant) with a firm handshake and sitting upright in a friendly and positive way.
  4. Mobile phone switched on … or worst still, answering the phone during the interview – always check your phone is off before entering the interview building.
  5. Late for the interview – however well the interview goes, it is very hard to undo the negative impression created by arriving late. Plan your journey in advance and allow plenty of time to get there. Do not enter the building more than 15 minutes before your interview is due to start though, as this can frustrate the interviewer by putting them under pressure to see you earlier.


Remember; your attitude and the way you present yourself at an interview can be even more important in securing a job than your previous experience and qualifications.

A recent article in HR Grapevine reported that Mark Zuckerberg, the Founder and CEO of Facebook gave an interesting insight into what he looks for in prospective employees:

“I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person,” Mark Zuckerberg said.


For more interview advice click here or call the Aspire Cambridge team on 01223 855440.