When preparing for a job interview, it’s important to remember that what you say is just as important as the way you present yourself. Minding your body language is key when vying for your next job position. Experts say that body language can, for example, tell the interviewer whether the candidate is focused, confident or goal-oriented. Body language is conveyed through hand gestures, posture, facial expressions and even the volume and tone of your voice. Here are some body language tips that can assist in sending the right message to the hiring manager; Sky Dennis, a human resource expert recommends maintaining eye contact with an interviewer. He adds that looking away at the door, table, shoes or ceiling for example conveys a lack of confidence and nervousness. Dennis says that smiling is okay in case it is necessary at that point, as well as loosening up a little bit especially if you’re explaining your achievements. It lightens you up and lets the interviewer be interested in listening to what you have to say. “However, know when to look away. Although maintaining a good amount of eye contact is key, don’t stare at the interviewer as it would seem rude. Alternatively, you can take a few seconds to look away to think about the question that was asked. You can also make eye contact with everyone that is present in the room, and refer your answers to everyone, not just the person who asked the question, that’s if there are other interviewers in the room,” he states. The human resource manager adds that if you’re offered a seat, sit upright, this indicates that you’re comfortable and feeling confident. Having your back against the chair shows confidence. Lean forward slightly to convey that you are listening and engaged in the conversation. If you struggle with this, do practice in front of the mirror. He also states the fact that you can use hand gestures where necessary. This is because hand gestures play an important role in communication, helping you to emphasise on key points and words. Dennis warns against distracting the interviewer by saying “yes” whenever you want to show that you’re together or in approval of anything. However, he says that nodding your head in response is kind and shows that you’re following the interview and interested in it. Experts say that an open palm has been linked to truth, honesty, allegiance, and submission. But when you keep your hands out of sight, it might seem like you have something to hide. Folding arms across the chest is believed to indicate that you’re disappointed, or in disagreement. Research shows that it’s okay to use your hands to illustrate a few important points. Staying too still can give the impression of coldness. But relying too much on hand gestures can be distracting. Like the known saying, “first impression matters,” the dress code tells a lot about a person before they even say anything about themselves. According to Forbes, a new survey shows that 75 per cent of hiring managers believe the top interview mistake millennials make is wearing inappropriate attire. Experts indicate that the most important thing to ensure when getting ready for your job interview is that you are clean, neat and polished. Picking what to wear to an interview shouldn’t be a last-minute decision. Clothes should be neutral, classic, clean, comfortable and well-tailored. If you wear makeup, keep it natural and choose something you have used before. Looking after your appearance boosts your confidence and self-worth, helping to ease anxiety about the interview.