Although we may not always be aware of it, we are constantly communicating non-verbally. Have you ever gone to work and instantly noticed the mood of your colleague? Chances are non-verbal cues are what tipped you off to how they were feeling.
Non-verbal communication consists of body language, facial expressions, eye contact, gestures and more. Take time to understand your personal nonverbal communication and give yourself an advantage when it comes to acing a job interview.
Our staffing experts at the Atlas Consulting Group have comprised a list of suggestions for nonverbal communication during the interview:
- Make eye contact with the interviewer. When the interviewer comes to the lobby to greet you, stand up, make eye contact, and greet him or her in return. Continue to make frequent eye contact throughout the interview.
- Smile. While the interviewer is talking and as you are answering questions, but don’t overdo it. You want to make sure you’re coming off as polite and interested.
- Relax and lean toward/face the interviewer. This will show you are paying attention and engaged with the interview.
- Sit up straight and maintain good posture. Don’t make yourself too straight, as that is unnatural for anyone, but good posture shows energy and enthusiasm.
- Watch your hand gestures. Most people speak with their hands, but don’t overwhelm the interviewer. Using hand gestures is natural, but keep it in moderation.
- Don’t fidget. It’s easy to by fidgety when you’re nervous, and interviewers tend to do that to people. Do your best to avoid clicking your pen, playing with your hair, or tapping your feet during an interview.
Practice makes perfect when it comes to understanding and recognizing nonverbal communication cues. This list incorporates some of the top nonverbal cues to be aware of while interviewing. As important as nonverbal communication is, don’t forget about your verbal communication.
Nonverbal communication is a powerful, supplemental tool to verbal communication. Preparing what you are going to say is necessary, and how you will say it is equally as significant. For more information on nonverbal communication, contact one of our recruiters at the Atlas Consulting Group today!