Nonverbal Communication: Put Your Best Foot Forward!

You’ve ironed your suit, practiced your answers and polished your resume; what else could you possibly need to remember for your job interview? Yes, there is one more thing. Right from the moment you walk in the door, you need to be cognizant of your nonverbal communication. Your nonverbal communication is just as, if not more, important than your well rehearsed responses.

Handshake
Your handshake is a large part of the interviewer’s first impression of you, and it can set the tone for the entire interview. For many, a limp hand shake is a turn off. If you walk up confidently and firmly shake the interviewer’s hand, the interviewer will instantly take notice.

Eye Contact
During your interview, be sure to look your interviewer in the eye. Letting your eyes wander around the room will make you seem disinterested or confused. Also, be sure not to stare too intensely at your interviewer, as it may make him/her uncomfortable.

Posture
There’s a reason why your mom told you to sit up straight when you were younger; good posture makes you look more polished. During an interview, sit up straight or lean forward slightly. You will look attentive and interested. Remember, people have a tendency to fidget when they are nervous, so be aware of you movement, too.

Facial Expressions
Never underestimate a smile! The interviewer will see you as friendly and glad to be there. Nodding occasionally at appropriate times during the interview also shows your interest in the position.

Yes, nonverbal communication seems like a lot to remember on top of everything else that will be on your mind during your interview, but it can totally make or break the interviewer’s impression of you. No pressure! But if you take a lot of time to prepare your responses and make sure everything else is ready, your head will be clear enough to be aware of your nonverbal communication, too.

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