Does body language really matter in a video interview?


When it comes to video interviewing, the old adage ‘it’s not what you say, but how you say it’ rings very true. With the employer literally occupying a front row seat to your personality, displaying positive body language is vital. Your answers to the interviewer’s pre-set questions could well be informative, detailed and enlightening, but if you spend the entire interview (or at least most of it) slouched and looking away from the camera, all that could well be undermined.

Don’t look down in anger

Recording yourself via webcam, it’s all to easy to keep your eyes on the monitor, whether it be force of habit or to make sure your hair isn’t all over the place. Difficult though it may be, however, it’s vital that you look directly into the camera – and not down! Plus, don’t forget to smile every now and again (though not all the time – excessive!).

Posture perfect

Secondly, get that posture right! Leaning back in your chair may show lack of interest. Conversely, leaning too far forwards and being too close to the camera runs the risk of dominating the employer’s attention. Aim for a neutral position somewhere in between these two extremes.

Stop fidgeting!

It’s understandable to feel nervous during your video interview, but demonstrating said unease by fidgeting and wriggling will end up distracting the employer. A survey of hiring managers revealed that fidgeting during an interview cost 26% of candidates the role, those managers possibly arguing that it indeed manifests a lack of confidence.

It does seem somewhat harsh to dismiss someone on the basis of shyness, mind. It’s a part of human nature, especially during a job interview.

Dress to impress

We’ve already covered in a previous blog how to dress for your video interview, and how your clothing contributes not insubstantially to the way you are judged. In a nutshell, then, stick to block colours and avoid stripes and patterns (they play chaos with the camera), ensure your hair is tidy and professional (without looking at it on the monitor all the time, as mentioned!) and keep any noisy, dangling jewellery to a minimum.

By no means are we implicating it’s ok to chunter on about anything so long as you do so while looking at the camera, sitting up straight and demonstrating composure and assuredness. The content of your speech is obviously hugely important.

But when a titanic 93% of communication conveyed is non-verbal, as the infographic states, neither is it agreeable to combine positive dialogue with lackadaisical habits such as absence of eye contact and frowning with disinterest.

Taking heed of these tips should help you on your way to acing your video interview. Good luck!

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