Interview Turn- Off’s

Failing to smile at interview has been ranked THIRD in the UK employers’ top 10 turn-offs when hiring. According to research from, when asked to choose the biggest body language turn-offs in job interviews, employers went for:


Failure to make eye contact


-Non verbal communication is just as important as verbal communication in interviews. Keeping steady eye contact will show your interviewer that you are confident and focused.


Weak handshake


-First impressions are important. Shaking your interviewers had is usually one of the first things that happen when you walk into the interview room and a weak handshake could shape the interviewers opinion of you before the meeting even starts.


A firm (but not too firm) grip, eye contact and a smile is all you need.


Failure to smile


-Speaking of smiling, it’s very easy to forget to smile when you are nervous but it is also one of the easiest ways to break the ice and set the mood at the beginning of your interview.


In addition, a genuine smile shows people a lot about your personality so make sure you use it to your advantage.


Crossing your arms over your chest


-Pay attention to your body language in an interview. One common pitfall in interviews is the interviewer or interviewee crossing their arms as it is universally interpreted as negative and you could be seen as defensive, stressed or insecure.



Fidgeting (Playing with something on the table, playing with your hair or touching your face, fidgeting in your seat)


This one goes without saying but fidgeting will either show your nerves or convince the interviewer that you are bored and would rather be somewhere else.


Try to keep still and relaxed. Focus on the conversation so you are not tempted to fidget and distract the interviewer.


Bad posture


Your posture can say a lot about your personality, and bad posture can give the interviewer the wrong impression. For instance If you slouch, you may be perceived as lazy and uninterested. 


Try to sit up straight, keeping your hands in your lap with open palms and continue to hold this posture throughout the meeting. 


Handshake that is too strong


Shaking someone’s hand like you are trying to pump water from a well is not going to impress the interviewer at all. In fact, it may give the interviewer a bad first impression of you so keep your handshake firm but, whatever you do, don’t leave them in pain. 


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