How Body Language Can Make (or Break) a Job Interview
Robert Ordona, for Yahoo! HotJobs
August 23, 2011
Savvy job seekers know how important choosing the right words is when we communicate with prospective employers —but what about nonverbal communication?
“You could be saying how great you are,” says image consultant and “Hello Job! How to Psych Up, Suit Up, & Show Up” author Alison Craig, “but your body could be giving your true feelings away.” Mark Bowden, the author of “Winning Body Language” agrees with Craig—and with the highly regarded Mehrabian communication study, which found that if what’s coming out of your mouth doesn’t match what your body is saying, your audience is more likely to believe your body.
Here’s some expert advice on how to effectively let your body do the talking in a job interview:
Making a great entrance
Craig and Bowden agree that the interview starts even before you get to the interview room: “You don’t know who could be in the parking lot with you, looking at you from a window, or standing next to you in the elevator,” says Craig. “Your body should tell anyone who might be watching that you’re confident and calm. It’s not the time to be frantically searching through your portfolio for printouts of your resume.”