The Role of Nonverbal Communication in Interviews
You've spent hours practicing your responses to the common tough questions – but are you equally prepared to impress your interviewer with your appearance and body language? Saying the right thing is only a fraction of the battle. If the delivery is awkward, even the right answer will seem wrong. Use these nonverbal tips to transform your next job interview from okay to great.
Dress the Part
Do you want to portray yourself as a confident, put-together professional? You can accomplish this before even stepping out the door. Choose respectable clothes suitable for a conservative business environment, keep your hair simple and under control, avoid flashy jewelry and bright makeup, and don't forget to iron out any wrinkles! A professional appearance will not only send the best message immediately, it will also help you to feel calm and in control.
Your interview may begin sooner than you think. Job applicants are often kept waiting near a receptionist. Keep in mind that she might be asked her opinion of you, along with anyone else you come into contact with before or after your interview. Smile, be friendly, and treat everyone with respect. Do not make phone calls while you wait, or put on a show about how long the wait is taking.
When you first meet your interviewer, extend your hand for a firm, confident hand shake, look him in the eye, and smile. Maintain good posture and eye contact during the interview. This communicates that you are being attentive and that this meeting is important to you. Put your phone on silent and keep it out of sight.
Moderation is the key to effective nonverbal communication. Any behavior, when overdone, can be a warning sign to the interviewer. Don't be too serious, but never letting your smile leave your face can be overkill. Laugh with interviewer, but laughing at everything he says will make you look nervous. Don't fidget, but don't turn to stone either. If you need something to do with your hands, take notes.
At the conclusion of your interview, shake your interviewer's hand again while sincerely thanking him for his time and the opportunity. No matter how you feel the interview went, don't forget to flash one last smile!
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