Ever hear that old adage, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it?” That’s not just an old wives’ tale – it’s tried and true advice that can help you during your career search.
Wondering just how much communication is non-verbal?
Studies have shown the percentage as high as 93 percent!
From the moment you walk in the door, potential employers are sizing you up – consciously and subconsciously. Ace your interview through non-verbal cues by following these three tips:
- Look the part. First impressions speak volumes, so get off to a good start in your interview by presenting yourself professionally. This includes in your dress and grooming, but also in how you introduce yourself to the receptionist, using employees’ names when you are introduced and speaking to them, and by making eye contact, smiling and saying thank you. You’ll immediately paint yourself in a positive light, and you’ll give a positive impression.
- Show interest during your interview. Your answers could be the best and brightest an interviewer has heard, but if you’re not engaged in the interview non-verbally, you could leave with a negative impression. Start off with a solid handshake, make eye contact during the interview, and sit up straight. These non-verbal cues could completely contradict your verbal answers, so pay attention and be engaged in your interview.
- Think about how you sound. You may be the most qualified candidate for the job, but if your voice is wavering while answering questions in an interview, you could be passed by. Make sure your voice is strong, unwavering, and confident. Ensure the interviewer can hear you properly, and try to sound confident and professional. If nerves are getting the best of you, at all costs, avoid interrupting or talking over the interviewer.
Take these tools with you into your next interview, and you’ll be one step closer to landing the gig – while ensuring you’re putting your best verbal, and non-verbal, foot forward.
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