How to read the interviewer’s body language

You can gauge the interviewer’s level of interest in you by observing their body language.

  • Pulling or poking their ear – they’ve heard enough. Move on.
  • Hand clenching or clenching the chair arm – they’re not impressed with your answer. Change the subject.
  • Readjusting their cuff/watch strap – they’re bored. Move on.
  • Sitting back – they want to listen.
  • Leaning back with hands clasped behind the head – they want you to convince them.
  • Rubbing the chin suddenly – they’re interested in what you’re saying.
  • Index finger pointing up and resting on the cheek – they’re evaluating what you’re saying.
  • Leaning forward and rubbing hands together – they’re very interested in what you’re saying.
  • Regularly looking at ...

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