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Body language & nonverbal communication in job interviews

Posted on: January 31, 2010

It is very important that you are really careful  with your body  language and nonverbal communication during a job interview. These are really crucial because they can send off the wrong signals to the interviewer.People can learn a tremendous amount of information about a person based on their body language and non verbal communication. Most people make their decisions about others through that person’s non verbal communication. People make judgements on people based on basic things such as : clothing, hand shakes and posture.  I found this quote to be very important in explaining nonverbal communication : “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” –Peter F. Drucker. I picked this quote because many things are not said but are communicated. People use nonverbal communication everyday to involuntarily or voluntarily to communicate messages. We have to watch our nonverbal communication because people make opinions about you without you even knowing .

During an interview it is very important for the applicant to have great posture. Sit firmly and upright in the chair to show you are comfortable in the interview.You also want to have a firm and controlled handshake. Remember if your handshake is too firm , then it can be taken as you are too aggressive. So be careful with your handshake! Always remember that your dress tells people alot about you. No matter how comfortable the dress is at your job; dress professional for your first meeting. Make sure that your accessories are very simple and professional as well. Do not put on too many colors and flashy things for the interview.

Facial expressions are something that I have a huge problem with. I make facial expressions without even realizing that I am making them. Its scary because I surely do not want this to happen in a job interview. This is something that I have to work on. Make sure that you notice if you tend to make facial expressions before the interview and correct your habit.  Eye contact is very important as well during an interview because this shows that you are very interested in the interview.

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These are all examples of horrible non verbal communication during an interview. Do not do these things in your job interview!

I found some great tips on nonverbal communication during an interview:

  • Make eye contact with the interviewer for a few seconds at a time.
  • Smile and nod (at appropriate times) when the interviewer is talking, but, don’t overdo it. Don’t laugh unless the interviewer does first.
  • Be polite and keep an even tone to your speech. Don’t be too loud or too quiet.
  • Don’t slouch.
  • Do relax and lean forward a little towards the interviewer so you appear interested and engaged.
  • Don’t lean back. You will look too casual and relaxed.
  • Keep your feet on the floor and your back against the lower back of the chair.
  • Pay attention, be attentive and interested.
  • Listen.
  • Don’t interrupt.
  • Stay calm. Even if you had a bad experience at a previous position or were fired, keep your emotions to yourself and do not show anger or frown.
  • Not sure what to do with your hands? Hold a pen and your notepad or rest an arm on the chair or on your lap, so you look comfortable. Don’t let your arms fly around the room when you’re making a point.
  • These tips can be found at :

    Remember if your nonverbal skills are not appropriate ; it does not matter how well you answer the questions, you will not  get the job. So always be aware of your nonverbal communication and body language during an interview. If these things are bad , then you may have lost a potential opportunity with that job.


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