When you’re on an interview, do you wish you could read the hiring manager’s mind to see what they think about you? You can now read their body language! This comes from the book “Winning Body Language” by Mark Bowden. Let’s start with the negative body language:

  • They stop taking notes and start checking their cell phone. Warning – that’s code for “I’m bored!” So draw them in by making the conversation about them. Like “What’s your favorite part about working for this company?” or “How did you get your start here?” Everyone’s favorite subject is themselves.
  • Then, if the hiring manager smirks, that’s a sign they don’t agree or believe what you’re saying. The fix? Dr. Ronald Riggio is a psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College. He says address it head on, like “I want to make sure we’re on the same page. What can I clarify for you?”

And here are the positive body language cues you want to see the hiring manager do:

  • They lean forward. That shows they’re invested in what you’re saying.
  • They’re your copycat - and mirror your body language. You cross your legs and they cross their legs. That shows they feel connected with you and the interview is going well. You may also hear them repeat words or phrases you used. You can do that to them, too, and they’ll feel you’re engaged with what they’re saying.
  • Always glance at their feet. If they’re pointed to toward you – they’re interested. If they’re pointed toward the door – they can’t wait for you to leave.

Lesson Expert

Meredith McKenna