2,000 bosses in the UK were asked for the most common nonverbal interview mistakes they had seen during their own interviews with potential employees. They came up with eight different common nonverbal interview mistakes. Below we have shared these with you so you can avoid them in your next job interview.

Before we look at the nonverbal interview mistakes, we want to look at one of the most common mistakes made in an interview. 47% of the 2,000 bosses said that the biggest mistake they had seen in an interview was a lack of knowledge.

Nearly half of all bosses said they had interviewed someone with little or no knowledge of the company they were applying to work for. This has been recorded as the most common mistake that job seekers make, and it has risked their potential position within the company.

So, make sure you do your research on the company to ensure you are prepared for the interview!

Now for the common nonverbal interview mistakes to avoid:

  • 67% of bosses reported that candidates made the mistake of not making eye contact with them or any of the other interviews throughout the meeting.
  • 38% of bosses reported that candidates made the mistake of not smiling, at all, throughout the whole interview.
  • 33% of bosses reported that candidates made the mistake of fidgeting too much during the interview process.
  • Another 33% of bosses reported that candidates made the mistake of having bad posture during the interview. This made them look uninterested or not bothered.
  • A weak handshake was experienced by 26% of bosses from those that they were interviewing. Remember, a strong handshake will portray confidence.
  • 21% of bosses reported that candidates made the mistake of continuously playing their hair or touching their face. This made them look nervous during the interview.
  • Another 21% of bosses reported that a common interview mistake they experienced was a candidate that crossed their arms over their chest during the interview. This can give off a ‘closed’ impression.
  • 9% of bosses reported that a common mistake they saw from candidates during interviews was the overuse of hand gestures. Too many hand gestures can you make you seem nervous.

So, now you know what to avoid in your next job interview, why not check out our latest vacancies to start the journey to your next dream job?