Interviews — Eight Big Body Language Mistakes

Your body language can make or break your interviews. A recent infographic from SOAP shows body language mistakes that people make during presentations.

Most of them apply to interviews — and are surprisingly common.

Eight Interview Body Language Fails

If you want to connect with your interviewer, don’t:

  1. Cross your arms or legs or splay your legs.
  2. Avoid eye contact.
  3. Stare at a single spot.
  4. Talk too much (#6 on the SlideShare — slightly hijacked).
  5. Repeat gestures over and over.
  6. Fidget.
  7. Forget to smile.
  8. Talk “too fast, too slow, or too low.”


If you think you might be doing one or more of the Eight Fails, then consider walking through a test interview with a friend, or, even better, a friend of a friend you don’t currently know. Ask them to watch for the Evil Fails and give you feedback at the end of your talk.

Ask them to watch for the fails and give you feedback at the end of your talk.

SOAP’s SlideShare 


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Updated June 2017

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Comments 4

  1. I taught 7:38:55 Communication Ratios since the 1990’s in my interview training classes to about 150,000 people. That was until back in 2012 when Albert Mehrabian, Ph.D. said that was not what I meant. Google it to learn more. Woops! I had always wondered why words were such a small component (7%)… well a communication expert who was quoted by other experts could not be wrong and I just went along with the crowd and doubted my objectivity.
    As a psychology major and a person who devours all that I can learn about communication so that I could provide my customers with the latest and greatest information on all things related to the job acquisition process, I felt duped. I realized that I needed to pull the interview process apart and start with the very basics of starting out with strong scripts that could be adjusted easily on the spot, the delivery of the information with an open face, smiling, eye contact, body language and the entire delivery concept (orchestrated communication). My mentor was the great Arch Lustberg (one of my former professors) who has trained millions of salespeople/politicians and speakers on the best way to deliver information.

    So my lesson has been learned – Seek New Information – Analyze the New Information– Understand the Information and then Design the Way you need to deliver the information to your specific audience’s needs.
    The manner you speak and the way you write is always an attempt at getting your message across to another person (s) so that you can influence or corroborate their ideas with yours. It is mind control… when I provide you the vocabulary to think with there is a good chance if I am well prepared that you may come away agreeing with me, sound manipulative doesn’t it. When is spoken language not manipulative?…..

  2. Such a useful checklist before attending interviews. A combination of #5 and #8 can be disastrous. I would like to add, after friend’s feedback, practice it again until you are rid of the Evil Eight- at least suppressed it enough to pass the interview successfully.

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