There are so many things to consider and remember when you go on a job interview – those typical job interview question, whether or not you’re looking the hiring manager in the eye, your list of questions to ask, etc.

Our apologies, but we’re going to add one more thing to that list. Now we know that body language in a job interview is important, but did you know that, specifically, what to do with your hands during a job interview is equally as important?

We have to admit that even we didn’t think about this until we watched the video from Business Insider’s YouTube Channel.

So what do your hand positions have to say about you?

According to the video – which obtained its information from the book Crazy Good Interviewing by John B. Molidor, Ph.D and Barbara Parus – there are two things you should do and lots of things you should not do with your hands during a job interview.

  • You should show your palms. It shows that you’re honest and loyal.
  • By steeping your fingers, it displays confidence. Think about politicians…or Mr. Burns from The Simpsons.
  • Hiding your palms is a sign of dominance and may show that you’re trying to control the interview.
  • Do not conceal your hands because it suggests that you have something to hide.
  • If you tap your fingers or fidget, it will show that you’re impatient. Plus it’s distracting.
  • Do not fold or cross your arms, it makes you look defensive and insecure.
  • It’s ok to use hand gestures, but do not overdo it.

Remember that you’re there to show them that you’re the best candidate for the position; make sure your body language conveys that.

Want more help finding or preparing for a new job? Contact your local professional staffing agency. Maxsys Solutions specializes in IT professional staffing in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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