Here at Curve, we see a LOT of job applications every month from people wanting to join our team. It’s amazing how quickly someone’s body language can affect their chances of being hired. Whether you’re doing a job interview or pitching to the board of directors, your body language can give off a bad impression before you’ve even started.

If you don’t want to send the wrong message, here are five basic body language signals to avoid at ALL costs.

1. Crossing your arms

Crossing your arms gives off an impression of being “closed off.” It says that you’re not really listening to what the speaker is saying. Instead, keep an “open” stance by keeping your arms open and at your sides.

2.  Being overeager

There’s nothing wrong with being excited and positive, but it’s also important to be calm and collected if the situation calls for it. The worst offenders are the ones who nod and make affirmative noises several times before the speaker has finished talking. On top of being annoying, this just shows that that you aren’t really listening to what’s actually being said.

3. Narrowing your eyes

You wouldn’t think this would have a big effect, but it does. Narrowing your eyes turns your face into a scowl and makes you look angry and displeased. Keep your eyes open and alert at all times.

4. Fidgeting

Fidgeting includes things like playing with small objects, constantly looking around the room, shifting your weight from foot to foot. This indicates you’re stressed, anxious, and you want to get out of the conversation. Mask your anxiety by keeping your body still.

5. Touching your Face

When I sold cell phones, I used to do this a lot. I had a nervous habit of cupping my chin and lips with my hand. It was just a comfortable place to put my hands when I wanted to think, but my District Manager told me I had to cut it out. To customers, he explained, it looks as though you don’t know what you’re talking about or you’re trying to deceive them.

Having good body language is important to anyone and everyone. The key here is confidence. If you look confident, you’ll feel confident as well.