Key takeaways: Sit up straight and watch your hands.
You’re qualified for the job. You’ve spent hours researching the company and preparing your responses to typical interview questions. Now, don’t blow it all with your hands.
According to a CareerBuilder survey by The Harris Poll, a weak handshake was identified by 22 percent of hiring managers as the biggest body language mistake job seekers make during interviews. On the other hand, 8 percent said a “too strong” handshake was the worst body-language issue.
Here is the list of the Top 10 body language mistakes from the survey:
• Failure to make eye contact (68 percent)
• Failure to smile (38 percent)
• Playing with something on the table (36 percent)
• Fidgeting too much in his/her seat (32 percent)
• Bad posture (31 percent)
• Crossing their arms over their chest (31 percent)
• Playing with hair or touching one’s face (26 percent)
• Handshake that is too weak (22 percent)
• Using too many hand gestures (13 percent)
• Handshake is too strong (8 percent)