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In this article, you will find some tips on how to give the right non verbal communication


Non verbal communication-communication that takes place without spoken words
Sit upright-sit upright but not too stiffly in your chair.
Hands above the neck-Having your hands above the neck,
fiddling with your face or your hair ,is unprofessional and conveys nervousness and anxiety.
Message your legs are giving-A lot of leg movement is both distracting and indicates nervousness.
Maintain direct eye contact-you need to instigate direct eye contact and maintain it.
Voice delivery-Speaking in a clear and controlled voice conveys confidence.
Facial Expressions-first eliminate any negative overall characters that might exist, then add a simple feature( smile :) )
Gestures-don’t artificial gestures
Which form of communication do you think is more powerful: Verbal or non -verbal ?

Of course the ‘What’ you say is very important in an interview,but many people are not aware just how important the ‘way’ you say something is.

Non-Verbal communication may be described in many ways,such as your behavior,your manners,your attitude,your etiquette, etc.However you say it,using the right non-verbal communication is key to having a successful job interview.

Of course, interview claim to be unbiased and many professionals try to be objective in these meetings.

 However "humans are humans and the process of judging another human will always involve a certain degree of subjectivity" .

The defense against this subjective analysis is then a proactive offense .Prepare yourself and give them the ‘feeling’ you want to give them.

Non verbal communication can be defined as the communication that takes place without spoken words. By simply observing a person’s non verbal communication it is easy for you to know all what you want to know about person’s , character, attitude, behavior etc.

As you can see your non verbal signals, both your body language (55% of the message) and the way you speak such as voice tone (38 %) are as important as the actual words you use in your job interview answers!

Posture and message it sends to interviewer
When the interviewer offers you a seat at the start of the job interview:

Sit upright-sit upright but not too stiffly in your chair.
How to sit during interview
Message-This indicates that you are comfortable and feeling confident. 

Hunching down in your chair
Message-It gives the impression of nervousness and low self-esteem.

Sloppy posture
Message-A sloppy posture indicates a careless attitude and lack of energy.

Sitting on the edge of your chair
Message-It indicates your nervousness and tense.

Relax and lean slightly forward
Relax and lean slightly forward,about 10 degree,toward your interviewer .
Message-This gives  the message that you are both interested and involved .

Leaning back 
Message-Leaning back makes you appear too relaxed and casual.

Leaning to the side 
Message-Leaning to the side can be perceived as not feeling comfortable with the interviewer.
Message your head sends-How you position your head also sends a message.
Message- Tilting your head very slightly to one side comes across as friendly and open .
Message-Keeping it straight comes across as self assured and authoritative.

Messages from Interviewer posture- It is also important to pay attention to the posture of your interviewer. Sometime you can establish rapport by adopting the same posture as the other person. This is called mirroring .If they have adopted a more formal posture do the same until you see that the interviewer has relaxed and become less formal.


If you are unsure of s,what to do with your hand rest them ,loosely clasped in your lap or on the table. Control your hands by being aware of what you are doing 
what to do with your hands during
with them .

Hands above the neck
Message-Having your hands above the neck,fiddling with your face or your hair ,is unprofessional and conveys nervousness and anxiety.

Keep your hands away from your face.
Message-Interview body language experts will tell you that touching the nose  or lips indicate that the candidate is lying.

Hand behind your head
Message-Holding a hand behind your head is often a sign that you are annoyed or uncertain.

Folding arms
Message-Folding your arms across your chest suggest a closed and defensive attitude. 

Waving hands and arms
Message-Waving your hands and arms around can be perceived as uncertainty and lack of professionalism .

"Common wisdom is that less you move your arms and hands about the more confident and in control you are".

Practice a comfortable way to loosely place your arms and hands while you are sitting,both at the table and in chair on its own.


legs  position during interview
Be aware of the interview body language message your legs are giving
Message- A lot of leg movement is both distracting and indicates nervousness.

Resting one leg or ankle on top of your other knee
Message-Resting one leg or ankle on top of your other knee makes you look too casual and comes across as arrogant.

Crossing legs
Message-Crossing your legs high up conveys a defensive attitude in the one-on-one context of a job interview.

Feet flat on the floor 
Message-Crossing them at the ankles or placing both feet flat on the floor conveys a confident and professional look during the job interview.

Eye contact

Maintain direct eye contact 
  • If the interviewer is talking and you want to show that you are actively listening, you need to instigate direct eye contact and maintain it.
  • Avoid appearing as if you are staring aggressively by blinking at regular intervals and moving your head now and then,such as giving a small nod.
  • Interview body language experts suggest that when you are doing the talking you need to hold eye contact for periods of about 10 seconds before looking away briefly and then re-establishing eye contact. Overusing direct eye contact when you are using can come across as lecturing or challenging the interviewer. 

Typically the listener maintains direct eye contact to show that you are actively involved.
  • With panel interviews it is best to look at and direct your answer to the person asking the question,with a glance periodically at other interviewers .
  • Eye contact is essential interview body language to establish rapport with your interviewer .

Not making eye contact makes the interviewer feel disconnected from you .

Eye contact should be a positive  aspect of interview body language, if it is not used properly however it can quickly become negative.

Voice delivery

  • Speaking in a clear and controlled voice conveys confidence.
  • Avoid speaking in a monotone by varying your tone pitch ,however don’t  overdo it and come across as overly excited or emotional.
  • Breathe and pause before answering a question, this gives you time to react in a considered way and it ensures that the interviewer has finished the question.
  • You should interact with the interviewer as an equal,not a subordinate. Ensure that your voice tone is not apologetic or defensive.
Generally it is advisable not to show too much or too strong emotion during your job interview.

  • Smile and nod at appropriate times but don’t overdo it .
  • Avoid erupting into laughter on your own, laughing along with the interviewer is far more acceptable.
Facial Expressions

Take a good, long , hard look at yourself in the mirror. Look at yourself as others would .Then modify your facial expression –first eliminate any negative overall characters that might exist, then add a simple feature that nearly every interviewee forgets-a smile! not some stupid but  a true and genuine smile that tells you are happy person and delighted to be interviewing with interviewers.


Contrary to popular belief, gesture should be very limited during the interview.
 So please don’t artificial gestures to supposedly heighten the importance of the issue at hand. It will merely come off as theatrical.When you do use gestures, make sure they are sincere and meaningful.
Interview tips

Have faith in your abilities, move forward with positive bent of mind and God willing ,you will be able to deliver a wonderful performance that facilitate you accomplish your goal in style.

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