Non-Verbal Tips for Your Next Interview

Non-Verbal Tips for Your Next Interview

Did you know that in a job interview, how well you perform isn’t solely based on what you’re saying…it’s also based on how you’re saying it?

In fact, according to some experts, nearly 90% of all communication is non-verbal. So clearly “talking” isn’t the only communicating you’re going to be doing in your next interview.

Unfortunately, as a leading recruiting agency, Peoplelink knows that many job candidates don’t think a lot about body language when preparing for job interviews…or about the signals they’re sending with it. But non-verbal communication can either make or break your chances of getting the job. So it’s important to demonstrate good body language.

To help you, here are some tips to consider:

Offer a Firm Handshake.

You might be the smartest, most skilled candidate…but if you have a limp handshake, you’re sending a message of weakness to the interviewer. That said, don’t grasp too hard either. Offer a polite, but firm handshake.

Make Eye Contact.

Looking down or away from the interviewer while answering questions can be a red flag that you’re not being completely honest…even if your lack of eye contact is simply due to nerves. So make an effort to make and keep eye contact. That said, it’s ok to look away or down every so often; just don’t make a habit of it.

Don’t Cross Your Arms.

Crossing your arms can give off an air of defensiveness, which doesn’t read well for hiring managers. Instead, keep your arms at your sides and let your hands be mobile.

Don’t Fidget.

You might be nervous, but try hard not to display it by fidgeting with your rings, hair, tie, briefcase, or whatever is nearby. You’ll simply underscore your nervousness if you do so.

Mind Your Posture.

Be mindful of your posture. You don’t want to sit ramrod straight; at the same time, you don’t want to slouch either. Simply aim to sit straight with your shoulders relaxed.

Keep Your Hands Free.

Don’t hold your purse, briefcase, or portfolio in your lap during the interview. Doing so creates a physical barrier between you and the interviewer and it also looks awkward.

While it’s important to be mindful about your own non-verbal cues, also be aware of the non-verbal cues of the interviewer. For instance, if every time you ask the interviewer a question, they fail to make eye contact or get fidgety, it could be a sign that they’re being less than honest.

Want More Interview Tips?

Check out our post about 6 Interview Warning Signs of a Bad Boss. Or, if you’d like job search help from the experts, give us a call. As a leading recruiting agency, Peoplelink partners with top employers around the country – and can give you access to a variety of rewarding and exciting job opportunities. Contact us today to learn more.