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WOW Your Interview With These Next-Level Nonverbal Communication Tips

Your handshake and facial expressions, your eye contact, and posture.  An interviewer gauges your confidence, capability, professionalism, and more based on non-verbal communication.  Use these tips to make a great impression- and get that job.

Nonverbal Communication Does the Talking

Most of what we communicate doesn’t come through our words but through our body language.

Move Well, Interview Well

Better posture, eye contact, and body language also help us stay alert, pay attention and communicate well during an interview.

Hold the Ball

When shaking hands hold the interviewer’s hand like you’re holding a ball you’re preparing to throw- not so tightly you crush it, but not so loosely you drop it.

Make Space

A space of about two to three feet helps you and the interviewer communicate without feeling invaded.

Sit for Confidence

Sitting upright yet comfortably boosts energy and confidence.  It communicates that you’re engaged and open to conversation.

Lean In

Leaning slightly forward indicates you’re interested in the conversation.  Avoid leaning back, which can look too casual, or to the side, which signals discomfort.

Give Your Hands a Rest

Loosely clasp your hands on your lap or on the table in front of you.  Still hands demonstrate confidence fiddling or fidgeting implies nervousness and can distract the interview from your words.

Rest Your Legs, Too

Leg movement can be even more distracting than hand movement.  Place both feet on the floor or cross your legs at the ankles.

Listen With Your Eyes

People tend to maintain eye contact for longer when speaking than when listening.  Take small breaks by blinking, modding, or looking where the interviewer indicates, such as at a document.

Think With Your Eyes, Not Your Face

Many people frown when concentrating.  To avoid being mistaken for angry or frustrated, look away from the interviewer while you think.  This communicates that you’re focused on the question, not the person who asked it.

Look At Your Notes When Needed

If you’re making notes or checking your notes, you’ll need to look at them- and you should.  Use this time to think before you respond.

Smile When You Mean It

It’s important to keep a straight face when considering a serious topic but if the interviewer says something amusing or promising, your impulse to smile may be the right one.

Be A Mirror

When in doubt, mirror the posture of your interviewer.  Doing so indicates you are both “on the same page” mentally.

Take Advice

Nonverbal communication can be tough because we often cannot see what our own faces or bodies are doing.  Reach out to a staffing recruiter for advice on improving your nonverbal communication, acing your next interview, and finding you next great job opportunity.

Need some additional interview advice, reach out to Essential Personnel  We can also help with your job search!