How to Maintain a Proper Eye Contact in an Interview?

How to Maintain a Proper Eye Contact in an Interview?

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A big factor in how well you are at interview depends upon your non-verbal communication. That includes your posture, your body language and, perhaps, your “eye contact”.A poor eye contact surely turns your interviewer against you and you will lose the opportunity of fetching the job. Here are the best ways to make a powerful eye contact that works.

What your Eye contact conveys?

Confidence:

Maintaining a proper eye contact will tell your interviewer that you are well prepared and eager enough to answer the interview questions. It also says that you are confident.

Honesty:

Maintaining a consistent eye contact throughout the interview without an awkward stare will exhibit your honesty to the interviewer.

Trust:

Without looking away while answering a question will explain your interviewer that you are true with your answers. This builds trust and a good reputation.

Passion:

When answering things with more interest, Your adrenaline will up and this causes your eyes to dilate. This sparkling eyes. This explains your interviewer that “You are engaged and excited about the things you are interested”. It speaks about the level of your commitment.

Manners and Likability:

Maintaining a good eye contact shows good manners and makes candidates appear likable and appealing.

How to make a good eye contact?

  • Begin your eye contact early while you shake hands with your interviewer, Smile warmly and catch his eye.
  • Don’t look away when your interviewer is speaking to you.
  • Match your attentive eye contact with an open, positive facial expression.
  • Don’t stare fixedly at the interviewer.
  • Look away shortly if you have to pause to think about your answer. Then reconnect strongly as you begin to speak.
  •  While you are telling about your experience, your selling points or your particular achievements, Make an intense, sincere and passionate eye contact.

Don’t do these things with your eyes:

The following are the observations by the body language experts across the countries regarding poor eye contact.

“If your eyes in an interview are fidgety or continuously shifting back and forth, this can mean you are trying to conjure up an answer that you are not sure is the right one.” So, don’t shift your eyes back and forth at any point in an interview”

“If you’ve been making great eye contact the whole interview and suddenly start blinking rapidly — more than 70 blinks per minute — when asked a question, this can indicate stress and a desire to avoid the truth,” So, don’t blink while speaking with your interviewer.

“If you have interrupted eye contact while answering to the interviewer, you are not interested in an interview and feeling like you are annoyed by the interviewer”. So don’t bring a interrupted eye contact whenever you are speaking with the interviewer.

“Looking away while answering a question can simply mean a candidate is recalling information and needs a minute to gather thoughts or construct a sentence,”. So don’t look away while answering to your interviewer.

Lighthouse Technique:

You can use this technique if you are at the panel interview. There are more than one interviewer where you should follow all the said things about eye contact but with the following strategy.

  • Staying only a few seconds on each person
  • Spreading your attention and eye contact slowly from one end of the interviewing board to the other, looking at each person in turn through your answer.

Do it yourself for a better eye contact:

Consider your friend or family member as your “interviewer”.Appear yourself for the mock interview. Ask them to notice your eye contact and tick answers at the following checklist.

  1. Are you blinking at any point throughout the mock interview?- Yes/No
  2. Are you looking away while answering to the question?- Yes/No
  3. Are you shifting your eyes back and forth at any point of the mock interview?- Yes/No
  4. Do you have the interrupted eye point at any point ?- Yes/No
  5. Do you stare at your interviewer?- Yes/No
  6. Do your eyes dilated when you are speaking about your  key areas of life?- Yes/No
  7. Do you look away while thinking and reconnect stronger while answering to your interviewer?- Yes/No

If your answers are “Yes”, that is the area you should concentrate to improve your eye contact.

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