Believe it or not, body language plays a huge role in your job interview. How you carry yourself with your mannerisms can affect someone's first impression of you more than your great answers to interview questions. There are several reasons why body language has a say in whether you land the job or not.
It's All in How Humans Move
Humans can produce many more gestures, postures and signs with their bodies than with their voices. The human body can create 700,000 signs, 250,000 facial expressions, 5,000 different hand gestures and 1,000 various postures. Up to 95 percent of human communication happens nonverbally.
In a job interview, someone's first impression of you is 55 percent body language and just 7 percent verbal. Therefore, it makes sense that you should master the art of portraying yourself with confidence through your gestures, appearance and demeanor as you sit through the interview.
Nonverbal communication conveys subtle clues to a stranger, so you should try to impress a hiring manager with certain behaviors. Body language leaves an impression on an interviewer, and that impression can make or break your chances of getting the job.
Nonverbal cues, gestures and physical movements can cause an interviewer to think you're arrogant, confident, stressed, anxious or friendly. Presenting yourself well can clue another person into your demeanor.
For example, many jobs require great interpersonal skills. A hiring manager may pay close attention to how to present yourself to other people as part of the job's qualifications. Do others feel comfortable around you or awkward? The answer to that question may occur in how you say something as opposed to giving the right verbal response. Coming off as aloof or selfish does not lend to getting along well with others.
Sometimes an interview simply comes down to the hiring manager's comfort level with you. If you leave an uncomfortable first impression, HR might go with another person. The reason comfort level is important involves coming across as a good fit for the company. You might have all the right qualifications, skills and education to back your claim that you're the right person for the job. However, if the person responsible for hiring you doesn't feel comfortable around you, then you may leave a bad first impression.
Starting Off Right
Nonverbal cues display your personality to interviewers. Do you smile a lot during your face time? Do you have a firm handshake? How is your posture sitting in the chair? Get the right body language to leave the perfect first impression on your interviewers.
First impressions happen within the first five minutes of an interview, so you must get it right very quickly. Start with walking into the interview room. Do you appear confident or cautious? Do you walk tall and with a purpose, or do you slink slowly into the room? A warm smile, a firm handshake and eye contact when you introduce yourself all convey to the other person that you're someone they can get along with on a daily basis.
The aphorism goes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." Because hiring managers have a lot to do and other candidates to interview, that saying is never truer than when you apply for a job.
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