Nonverbal communication is critical to interview success. One of the most important and effective methods of non-verbal communication is maintaining good eye contact. Good eye contact make you more credible and memorable for potential employers. Below are 3 tips on how to maintain good eye contact in interviews.
1. Start as you mean to continue
When you are greeted at the interview door, you will usually be offered a hand shake. It is important that you make good eye contact for a few seconds as you don’t get a second chance at a first impression.
2. Lighthouse your eye contact if required
If you have more than one interviewer, think yourself as a lighthouse as you share eye contact amongst your interviewers and nobody feel left out. Of course, if you are asked a direct question by an interviewer, be sure to maintain good eye contact with the person asking the question. When answering a question use the lighthouse method to keep eye contact with multiple interviewers. Pause your eye contact for a few seconds with each member of the interviewing panel and nobody will feel omitted.
3. Record Yourself
It is a good idea to conduct a mock interview with friends or family and record yourself in the process. Are you using appropriate eye contact to emphasise key points? Are you using the lighthouse method effectively? Are you looking away as you answer? The above questions will easily be ascertained by replaying your recording.
Good eye contact is the most effective non-verbal communication method in interviews. Mastering effective and appropriate eye contact is key to interview success.