Trying to improve your interview body language all at once can be overwhelming. Following a few simple, yet helpful tips can be a more efficient approach. According to Leisa Goddard at Adoni Media, examples of the best body language for an interview include:
- Maintain eye contact
Possibly the most important thing to remember is to maintain eye contact. If you begin to look around, whether it be at the floor, a wall or even at your hands, this can come off as suspicious and make you seem uncomfortable even if you’re not. Try to keep eye contact as much as possible, while also not being too intense.
- Keep a good posture
Many people tend to accidentally slouch while being interviewed, which can look messy on camera and is like to make you, as the interviewee, withdraw from the topic you’re discussing.
Remember to stand tall and straight to assert yourself and your power. Even if you’re feeling nervous, try faking confidence as this will help you sound even more self-assured. Good posture will also result in clear projection of your voice. If in a chair, ensure you don’t swivel from side-to-side.
- Keep your feet together
Not only will standing still in one spot make you seem less nervous, it’s necessary for the cameraman to secure the perfect footage with you in the frame.
To achieve this, the crew will often mark, or indicate, where on the floor they’d like you to stand. Try to keep your feet planted, pointing in the direction the crew asks. This will usually be looking towards the journalist, not the camera.
- Steer clear of defensive poses
Defensive poses are particularly bad during television interviews as they show you may have something to hide, even if you don’t. These poses can include crossing your arms, which some people tend to do unconsciously.
Instead, try to place your hands at your sides or clasped together in front of you.
- Keep in control of your hand gestures
As gesturing with your hands is second nature to some, it can be hard to control your movements as you’re speaking – especially as they’re expressive and can help to put your message across. With this being said, moving your hands too much or fidgeting can redirect the audience’s attention away from what you’re saying.
Try starting the interview with your hands clasped together in front of you to minimise fidgeting while still feeling secure.