How to Maintain a Good Impression

July 8, 2010 · Posted in Performing Well · Comment 

Your job interview has started. Now how do you sustain the good impression you hope you’ve started with?

It’s not all about giving perfect answers – your job interviewers are looking for more than just a few accurate responses. While you are thinking hard, and probably anxious about how you are doing, it’s very likely that your body will start to slump and your facial expression may show your worry.

So a key tip is to keep looking engaged by maintaining your poise throughout the job interview. That means keeping an alert, upright posture, leaning very slightly forward, and looking energised. Your body language is communicating all the time, whether you’re aware of it or not. And poise communicates that you are fully present and focused, which is always a desirable quality for an employee.

But there’s also a secret benefit to being poised: when your body feels poised, your mind does too. This tip isn’t just about appearance. You can actually get yourself feeling and thinking better just by keeping your body behaving as if that’s already true. Which will help you perform better in your interview answers. Try it out and practise when you next catch yourself slumped in front of the TV or in a long meeting.