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July 15, 2018

Body Talks for Recruiters and Candidates

Here are a few important things you should remember in order to deliver the right messages via an effective body language whether you are hunting for a new job or a hiring manager who is looking for the right candidate. 

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Cooper Fitch Dubai
Cooper Fitch Dubai
Cooper Fitch Dubai
Cooper Fitch Dubai

In most cases, candidates prepare themselves for the common interview questions before stepping into the interview room. It is very important for the interviewees or recruitment specialists to make sure that the candidate is knowledgeable enough about their potential job position; however, as per the experienced recruitment consultants at Cooper Fitch, certain body language tactics are important. The way a candidate carries him or herself around can say a lot about their personality, how excited they are about getting the job and their professionalism. Here are a few important things you should remember in order to deliver the right messages via an effective body language whether you are  hunting for a new job or a hiring manager who is looking for the right candidate.

Eye Contact

We often hear that eyes are the windows to the soul and in fact, it might be true. During a face-to-face conversation, most of the time is spent looking at the face and specifically the eyes. Maintaining eye-contact is very important during an interview. The duration you can hold an eye contact with someone can be a sign of how shy you are, your attention span and even your confidence. Cooper Fitch’s recruitment consultants advise that keeping eye contact during an interview is crucial as it is also an indication of how interested you might be in the job.  Unlike other things that can be planned for before the interview, eye contact should be kept natural and should vary with the ebb and flow of the conversation. In case there is more than one interviewer, it is essential that the candidate is giving everyone an equal share instead of just keeping the eye contact with the one they are most comfortable talking to.

Hand Shaking

The first bodily interaction that takes place between individuals when they meet is a handshake. Handshaking originated in medieval Europe as a way to demonstrate peace and good intentions. A handshake should not take too long because you need to make sure that while you are trying to leave a good impression that you do not make the person in front of you feel uncomfortable. A study conducted by Beckman Institute revealed that giving a firm yet friendly handshake is not only a required gesture during an interview but it also diminishes the impact of a negative impression and helps induce a favorable interaction.


If anything can give away how stressed someone is, it is the way they carry themselves around and how they sit down. Sitting up straight with your head parallel to the floor is important because it shows confidence and attentiveness. Luckily, posture is one of the things that can be practiced and it does not only affect the way you look but it also affects the way your words are projected. The clearer your words are and the easier you deliver the message, the stronger will be the impression you leave. Leaning backwards and crossing of the arms might make a candidate seem defensive and uninterested. Sitting up straight and leaning a bit forward will display concentration and confidence. Also, the more the candidate mimics the interviewer and vice versa, the better are the chances of them understanding each other.

Facial Expressions

Smiling is an expression that conveys happiness and comfort. Majority of human beings involuntarily mimic a smile when they see one regardless of the circumstances. Interviewers and candidates enjoy the interview when they find that they are sitting with a cheerful person, however overdoing it might seem fake.

Having the right facial expression during an interview can show a friendly demeanor and can make a candidate seem charismatic. Planning facial expressions or trying to keep a certain face can throw off the interviewer as well as the candidate because having natural reactions will show a genuine personality.


It is inevitable that a recruiter will always look for a qualified candidate who can do the job but recruiters might be able to find more than one professionally fit candidate. In this case, the candidate that has the right attitude during the interview has a higher chance of making the cut. Savvy and experienced job seekers know how to spot the right candidate a mile away and a big part of that skills comes from their ability to read and analyse genuine body language. Both the recruiter and the candidate assess each other during the interview and it is important for both parties to make sure that they are leaving the right impression.


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