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Body Language & Nonvebal Communication in Job Interviews
January 26, 2010, 5:35 pm
Filed under: PR Practicum 3711

We all know that what comes out of our mouth during an interview is extremely important because that could make or break a job. Another thing employers are looking for is your body language and other things that you don’t necessarily show through talking.  I knew a few things that were important, such as eye contact and crossing my legs, but through some research I found some other helpful tips that I hope you will get some used out of.

  • I found a video online that was really helpful as far as verbal and nonverbal tips when interviewing.  Mike Aguilera lets the audience know some do’s and don’ts when you are in an interview.
  • It is so important to dress for the part.  Dressing professionally is definitely something that the interviewer will be looking at; in fact, it is really the first thing that they will notice.  If you aren’t sure what to wear you can always ask the person you have been communicating with.  Another good idea is to over-dress if you are unsure.  You will be glad that you walked in looking professional rather that being under-dressed than everyone else there, and the interviewer will definitely notice.
  • Don’t fidget.  Sometimes this can be difficult, especially if you are nervous, but it really does show.  If you are moving all around in your chair or playing with your watch, it can be distracting.  It might even be a better idea to not where a watch at all so you won’t be tempted to repeatedly look down at it.  Sit up straight in your chair and lean slightly forward to show that you are interested.
  • Lay low on the perfume/cologne. Yes, it is important to smell nice (i.e. wear deodorant!!)  But you must be careful not to exude too much fragrance or it could have the opposite effect that you are hoping for.  One squirt should probably do the trick (maybe 2), but too much will make the interviewer want to get you out of there rather than remain interested in what you have to say.
  • What if there is more than one person interviewing you?  This was something i was kind of unsure about, but the best tip I got was to make eye contact with each person when you are answering a question.  If you just look at one person it can be insulting to the other person, so addressing everyone is the room is your best bet and might encourage them to ask you more questions (in a good way).
  • Pay attention to the interviewer’s body language. This tip is one tip that I had not really thought of before, and it is so crucial!  When you are talking to the interviewer you can tell from their body language whether they are pleased or not.  If they are smiling and nodding, that is usually a sign of pleasure.  If they are shaking their head, folding their arms, or leaning back, they may not be so impressed.  If you notice that they seem uneasy or disappointed try and elaborate on your answer or further explain yourself.  Sometimes things can come out the wrong way, and by paying attention to the interviewer you can learn this and correct your mistake.

I hope these will help!


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I really got a lot out of this post, the video was great and all your information was very helpful! I think this topic is really important to write about because I would estimate that almost all people do not realize how important your non verbal communication really is, especially during something as important as a job interview, meeting with colleagues etc. When you fidget and act nervous you are sending out a signal that you are either not confident in what you are saying or that you are unprepared and neither of those things are feelings you want to give off. Anyways just wanted to let you know I thought you did a great job with this post. Keep them coming!

Comment by allykup123

I wonder if the guy in the video is any relation to Christina. He gave some good insight on body language and non-verbal communication. It’s almost scary to think how much information you provide without ever even speaking. I also found it interesting that Aguilera said the one of the most common mistakes interviewees make is not asking the right questions. Most people think that if they are getting interviewed, they are only responsible for answering questions. It’s interesting that he pointed out the importance of finding out what you are signing up for. I could definitely see that being a plus during an interview.

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