What Does Your Body Language Say During An Interview?
Communication is largely nonverbal; only a small fraction of what you are saying comes through the words you use. The following tips will help you better communicate throughout your life and particularly during job interviews.
Many communication experts have stated that communication is 55% body language, 38% tone of voice, and 7% the words you choose to use. That means that in any given situation, really what you say only matters a small fraction compared to how you say it and what you look like. In a job interview, it is especially important to keep these five body language tips in mind to help increase your chances of getting a job offer.
If you are slouching during a job interview, your body language is telling your interviewer that you are lazy or even worse that you do not really care about the interview. Good posture is a sign of respect and shows that you are attentive and interested in the conversation. Instead, experts suggest acting as if you have a string from your head that is attached to the ceiling pulling your back straight.
Go ahead and try to make eye contact with someone without paying attention to what he or she is saying. You will then understand why this nonverbal communication is so important. Making and keeping eye contact with your interviewer lets them know that you are interested in what they are saying and are actually paying attention.
You might feel more comfortable sitting with your arms crossed. However, this universal nonverbal signal demonstrates defensiveness or defiance. These two things will turn off your prospective employer, even if they are unintended. You can show your employer you are open to what they are saying by leaving your arms at your side or lightly folding your hands in your lap.
You want to avoid excessive hand motions during an interview for much the same reason that you want to avoid sitting with crossed arms. While some hand motions are reasonable and even expected when you are talking and will help your communication, some others are inappropriate. For example, excessive hand motions such as chopping motions and pointing indicates aggressiveness and puts a physical barrier between you and your prospective employer, in addition to being distracting.
When you first meet your interviewer, make sure you stand tall and give them a strong handshake. A strong handshake lets them know that you are determined and confident, whereas a limp handshake signals them of just the opposite. Besides, a strong handshake and standing when you first meet them is good manners in addition to being a strong nonverbal communication tool.
Your body language does most of the talking for you during job interviews and in virtually every other situation that you find yourself in. To find out more about an employment agency in Waco visit this website.
Ellen has years of experience in Human Resources and Job Placement. You can find her thoughts at the job blog on Blogspot.
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