93% of communication is delivered non-verbally which means that a lot more interviewers are paying attention to your body language, how you present yourself and the way you answer questions.
Traditionally, companies focus on skill sets instead of the candidate, as a whole. Unfortunately, not getting to know candidates on a personal level can be costly mistake.
This week’s 5 series will look at a few aspects on non-verbal communication and how you can make this work, in your favour.
Ultimately, an interviewer wants to know if you will align with their company culture. They are going to want to ask you a lot of questions, build some sort of a rapport with you and the way you reply to these questions is important. They are searching for sincerity, emotion within your answers. Most interviewers will be able to pick up whether you are being sincere or not which, of course you will be because you are really interested in the position!
A measure of nervousness is expected but the interviewer should be trying to make the situation as relaxed as possible. Fiddling with papers or sitting on the edge of your seat are dead giveaways you’re uncomfortable. Try not to see your interviewer as a threat and let the conversation flow.
The other end of the spectrum is being far too comfortable to the point your interviewer gets the vibe you think you’re too good for them or the company. Leaning back in your chair or folding your arms is an indicator to an interviewer that you’re more than likely, not interested in the role.
It’s easy to be enthusiastic with your words but your interviewer wants to be certain that you are engaged and passionate about why you’re there. Simple movements like leaning in. physically, during the conversation and making eye contact are good ways to show your genuine interest. These movement should happen naturally if you’re being sincere.
A good interviewer will be able to tell if you are lying. Looking away too often or making eye contact too intently are signs that you’re being untruthful. Even the raising of your shoulders can give the impression that you are uncertain about what you’re saying.
The easiest way for interviewers to get a good reading on your body language is not to ask questions about your skills but rather behavioural questions that relate to you having to tell a story. Remember, your skill set can get you an interview but who you are is what an interviewer will be looking at.
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