How we answer job interview questions is an important part of whether or not we are going to get the job. It is not the only part. You communicate just as much through your interview answers as you do with nonverbal communications such as your body language, your facial expressions, and more. If you can perfect your nonverbal communication during your job interview, there is a good chance that your answers will have the impact that you want them to have.
Types of Nonverbal Communication:
Flatulence and belching are arguably nonverbal communications, but they say nothing about who you are as a person and there is no way to harness them for your job interview, so we’ll leave them out. Also winking. Winking at attractive employees is a form of non-verbal communication that you probably should avoid. Don’t wink. Here are seven other nonverbal communications that, if you do correctly, will improve your chances of landing the job.
1. Eye Contact
Eye contact is a major part of nonverbal communication. Eye contact shows confidence and clarity, and is also useful for building rapport with your interviewer. Eye contact should be personable, but there is no need to stare.
2. Good Posture
Proper posture also displays confidence. There is a certain aspect of trustworthiness that interviewers pick up on as well. Keep your back straight and sit (don’t slouch) in your chair.
If you have nervous ticks, such as shaking your leg up and down, clearing your throat, etc., try to do your best to avoid them. You do not want to appear nervous and awkward. Interviewers do expect nervousness, but when you are answering an important question, you do not want to appear nervous, which can take away from the strength of your answer.
Smiles are addicting and disarming. A good smile will relax your interviewer just as much as it conveys a positive attitude, and so a smile during your interview is a good way to build points with the interviewer.
5. Leaving Space
Nonverbal communications occur all of the time. A perfect example is with the personal space you give your interviewer. You always want to be far enough that the interviewer is comfortable, but you do not want to be too far either or you will give the impression you are distancing yourself from the individual.
Hand gestures can portray a lot of information. Your hands should sit on the table, maybe gentle clasp together. They should not fidget, nor should you do the “power pyramid” since you do not want to be seen as intimidating. Also, do not talk too much with your hands or it may take away from the content of your answers.
7. Tone of Voice
The tone of your voice also acts as a form of nonverbal communication. During phone interviews, for example, the only way your interviewer can get an idea of your personality (beyond your answers) is whether or not you change the tone of your voice. Dull, monotone talking has a tendency to make you appear unexciting. On the other hand, speaking up and changing the tone of your voices makes you appear engaging.
Overall, nonverbal communications can say more about you than the words you say. Make sure you pay attention to how others see you during your job interview.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Keep good posture.
- Smile and make eye contact.
- Be engaging.
- Keep your hands still