The Importance Of Eye Contact
How much consideration have you given to eye contact during an interview?
I’m going to make two very obvious statements. The first, that one of your main jobs in an interview is to build rapport with your interviewer. And second, that eye contact is a key factor in helping you to build that rapport.
So why do so many candidates I meet give poor eye contact? Well, in fairness, they do actually look me in the eye when I’m talking to them; it’s when they are talking to me that it all goes wrong. Why is this?
It’s because when we are thinking about our answers we are retrieving memories, constructing new ideas and so on, and our habit when doing such things is to look somewhere else. But given the value of eye contact, particularly when you are giving your answers, we need to find a solution.
So why make things more difficult for yourself? Don’t! When you next find yourself answering a question in an interview, simply be mindful to have a healthy amount of eye contact with your interviewer and get all the benefits that this would provide.