What you say during the interviews plays an important role in finding whether you are the right candidate for the company. Similarly, body language is another such factor which helps you increase your chances of selection.
The results of a survey showed that it is easier to control what you say than what your body does. There must be a collaboration between the two so as to make sure that your ideas are conveyed effectively.
A recent study showed that 55% of the communication is based on body language, 38% is the tone of your voice and the rest 7% contributes to the actual words spoken. Although the figures might not be exact it explains the role of nonverbal communication.
Let’s consider a scenario, you came to the interviewer in a confident, optimistic manner. Although you might not possess the desired work experience your confidence will make the interviewer find that you are the most desirous candidate for the requisite position.
Now, let’s consider another case, you came to the interviewer in a stressful, upbeat, and anxious manner. Your hands are shaking, your heart is beating abruptly and you are unable to convince the interviewer.
Which of the two candidates, would you prefer? The one who is confident and optimistic or the one who is anxious; obviously the first candidate wins the job. This simply explains the need for body language to express your thoughts and ideas in the interview.
To raise the chances of your selection here we have listed some of the body language tips which will help you deliver the right message in front of the interviewer:
Try to stand/ sit straight and try not to cross your arms in front of an interviewer. Doing this will convey confidence and ease rather than your sloppiness. Always try to sit at an angle from the interviewer rather than sitting straight in front of an interviewer. Doing this will make him feel collegial and will help you to reduce your nervousness and anxiety.
When you express an idea or a thought in front of an interviewer, try to express them with the help of proper hand movements. Use gesture as the way to hide your nervousness and anxiety. Incorporate this until it becomes a distraction.
Have a gentle smile on your face. The smile will reduce your nervousness. This will make the interviewer feel that the interviewee was curious to meet him.
Make an eye to eye contact with the interviewer. Remember, the interviewer is always searching for the unspoken signs of uneasiness weirdness. Having eye to eye contact with the interviewer will make him feel that you are confident and well versed in the domain. This will eventually elevate your chances of selection and you will win the rat race over the other candidates.
In the end, just be confident and believe yourself. The less nervous you are, the better you can handle any troublesome situation.