Sitting Pretty

(But not TOO comforably)

Body Language – Louder than Words

Sit properly, don’t slouch.

If your chair is uncomfortable, say so.

If you’re given a swivel chair or a very low easy chair, complain. Diplomatically.

If you’re wearing a jacket, do it up. Sit on the drape to keep the shoulders tidy.

Above all, keep your eyes on the interviewer. The most difficult time is just at the end of a question. Fight hard to keep your eyes steady.

Your Voice

Don’t be tempted to try to lower it to sound authoritative. But if you find you tend to squeak or sound breathless when you’re nervous take a sip of water and/or try one of the relaxation techniques in part four.

Don’t shout, even in a noisy situation. But, if there’s a lot of traffic or you’re on a building site, it would be normal to project a little more than usual.

Don’t be afraid of pauses, particularly if you’re going to be edited.

Don’t rush. The viewer is calm, but you’ve got quite a lot of adrenaline flowing. If you feel that you’re going really slowly, you’re probably sounding just right to him. If you want to know more about how your voice works and what it can do for you, consult the more in-depth page in the production section

Eye Contact

This is absolutely vital – the key to looking confident. But it’s not that easy

In normal conversation we look at each other maybe fifteen percent of the time. We’re in the same room. If I look at the window you know what I’m doing – you can look at the window too.

But in an interview the viewer can only see a small part of your room. You must keep your eyes fixed solidly on the interviewer.

If it feels awkward gazing into another man’s eyes, try looking at his nose or ear!