Body Language During A Video Interview: 5 Tips You Can Apply To Fill The Virtual Room With Positivity

Posted On January 14,2020

After clearing the initial screening, aka phone interview round, the interviewer invites you for the next step - video interview round with the hiring manager!

You are nervous and excited - so you begin your preparation by making a checklist:

  • Finding a neat, clean and quiet place,
  • Checking for any distractions or unwanted noises in the surroundings,
  • Ensuring high-speed internet connection, and 
  • Examining the performance of webcam and microphone. 

Everything is perfectly fine. You are all set for the interview. But wait! Have you worked on your body language? 

Morihei Ueshiba delineates the importance of body language, “A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.”

No matter what, if your body language is not correct, you cannot impress the interviewer. During a video interview, it becomes even more crucial. The interviewer is minutely watching your stance and hand & eye gestures. 

What is body language?

According to Wikipedia, body language is a type of nonverbal communication. Facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch, and the use of space together constitute body language. 

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Why and how do interviewers assess a candidate’s body language?

“Actions speak louder than words.” Sometimes, you cannot communicate your thoughts or connect with someone by speaking words as much as you can do by showing positive intent. While working in a company, you have to constantly interact with your team members, superiors, juniors, customers, and vendors. If you have a positive body language, you sound more approachable and confident, which impacts your conversations as well. 

Hence, every recruiter closely observes the body language of candidates at various stages during an interview. During a video interview, right from when you start the conversation until you press the “END” button, the interviewer keeps a vigilant eye on your body language and stance. 

How to show positive body language during a video interview?

  • Maintain friendly eye contact - Keep a soft, natural eye-contact throughout the interview. Neither stare nor wander your eyes. Gently look into the webcam (not at the screen) to maintain good eye-contact. In between, look-away for a few seconds and reconnect when either of the interviewer or you are speaking.
  • Sit straight and all the way back in your seat - If you sit on the edge of the chair, you sound nervous and low on confidence. But, sitting too comfortable is even more harmful. So, keep your back straight and touch it gently against your chair. Avoid Sofa or beds for sitting.

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  • Let your hands talk - When your hands move as you speak, it shows that you are confident and open. But, again, the hand gestures should be smooth and measured. Avoid interlocking of fingers or folding of arms as it gives a negative impression. 
  • Smile gently - Keep a friendly, gentle smile on face throughout the interview. Interviewers like those people who fill the room (virtual here) with positivity. 
  • Do not touch your face or play with hair - Refrain from playing with hair or touching face frequently; Otherwise, you might sound dishonest and untrustworthy. 

When you adopt a natural, unforced body language during the interview, you can be relaxed and feel more confident. To be natural, you have to practice beforehand, so the tips mentioned above can get inculcated into your daily habits. 

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