Body language is important in a job interview, but if you can’t remember all the different cues to make and avoid, remember this one: try not to fidget. A recent survey of hiring managers revealed that 26 per cent of applicants in an interview get rejected because they fidget too much.
If it sounds silly to disqualify a candidate on the basis of fidgeting as opposed to, say, not having the skills required to do the job, you’d be right. However, over 500 hiring managers surveyed by Adecco USA, a workforce solutions company, said that of the candidates they’ve rejected for a position, over one-fifth of them were fidgeters, which to them betrayed a lack of confidence and a lack of preparation for the interview. Those same hiring managers did point out that they could overlook that fidgeting if a candidate nailed their questions, but few of them did.
Other interviewing no-nos the study revealed are ones you’re probably already familiar with: lack of eye contact, and constantly checking your phone or texting in an interview are quick ways to kill your prospects with a potential employer. Hit the link below to read the study’s full conclusions.