An absolute basic in terms of creating a healthy interaction, personal space can sometimes be a tricky one to gauge. Keeping away from the interviewer when shaking hands can be received as potentially insulting, whereas taking a step forward or leaning forward over the table can be perceived as being close to confrontational. Even in a better case world, a lean forward will often distract an interviewer from what you’re even saying. Overeagerness can sometimes get the better of an applicant who might think leaning forward might better demonstrate a level of interest, but trust us when we say that maintaining a comfortable degree of personal space will always yield better results.
Personal Space (4/7)