Now that you have learned some grooming and dress code best practices (read How to control the First Impression in MBA Admission Interview from our Interview Guide), let us look at the correct posture for your interview.
Often, after the initial introduction, MBA candidates tend to relax and slouch in the chair. Consciously make sure that you don’t do this. It not only reflects your attitude towards the interview but would also impact how you sound.
6 MBA Admission Interview Posture Tips
1) Stand Up straight while greeting the interviewer: Chest out and stomach in, and you will naturally be in that position.
2) Back against the chair: The best way to avoid slouching in the chair is to make sure that your back touches the backrest and makes a 60-degree angle.
3) Leaning Forward: The 60-Degree angle ensures that you are leaning forward for the conversation. It shows readiness and genuine interest in the interaction.
4) Watch your Hands: The first non-verbal cue that the interviewer looks for is the position of the hands after a tough question. Don’t cross it and keep it close to your chest. Use hand gestures if that is your style or keep it on the table.
5) Maintain Eye Contact: Shifty eye not only impacts the first impression, but it is also the second important non-verbal cue in an interview. Maintain eye contact even while you are thinking how to answer the question.
6) Nodding and Tilting Head: Don’t do this if this is not your natural style of interaction but we tend to like people who are in agreement with us. And the non-verbal cues that show agreement are nodding and slight tilting of the head while listening to a question.
Next Read: How to control first impression (grooming, posture, smile and complementing facial features)
The Guide offers detailed examples and strategies to answer about yourself, career summary, innovation, frequent job switch, managing change, handling conflict, the greatest accomplishment, low grades, difficult boss, backup plan, industry, role and gives you tips on managing first impression, improve likeability and lists the questions that you should ask the MBA Admission interviewer.
1) Booth School of Business
2) Columbia Business School
3) Ivey Business School
4) Johnson Graduate School of Management
6) Kellogg School of Management
7) Stanford Graduate School of Business
8) London Business School
9) Harvard Business School
10) MIT Sloan School of Management
11) Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania