Body Language Speaks Volumes

05/01/2017

Although we live in the age of digital connectivity, there is no replacement for meeting someone face to face, according to Joan Kingsley, psychotherapist and author of The Fear-Free Organisation “Before you say a word, the interviewer will have made crucial decisions about you through the way you communicate with your body and through your facial expressions.”

Of course, what you say during the interview is important but the interviewer will be subconsciously matching your body language to what you are actually saying.

Stand, walk, and sit with good posture as it relates directly back to people's perception of high confidence. Use your hands and body movement to emphasise and animate your points and project a dynamic presence, but don’t get too carried away, as not only will you lose impact but you will become irritating.

Demonstrate you are listening to the questions and to the information about the role and the organisation.  Give them good eye contact, the experts recommend 70% anymore may come across as intimidating.

It’s difficult to stop nervous habits but you can counteract by being aware of positive actions.  We’ve all heard the myth about crossing arms, and although this isn’t an indicator of stress or deceit it can be deemed negative.  Also be aware constantly touching of ones face also projects negativity.

Also avoid, hair playing, teeth sucking, pen clicking, hand tapping and clock watching are all no, no.

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