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Non-Verbal Communication on your Interview

Updated on September 8, 2015

What is non-verbal communication? Exchanging messages without words is a form of non-verbal communication or body language. Many emotions are expressed through body language. Emotions such as anger, fear and surprise usually are projected first without words, these emotion manifest themselves before we have time to hide our feelings. If this is true in everyday life, how may our body language affect us during an interview?

A skilled interviewer is seeking to hire the right candidate for the job, therefore, be in tuned to how you enter your interviewer's office. Could it be that you have already made a powerful non-verbal statement?

What impression by means of non-verbal communication have you projected to the interviewer? It is important that you recognize the difference between positive and negative non-verbal communication.


How can this be done? Note the following suggestions below:

  • Keep your head up, posture straight, this radiates self-esteem.
  • Smiles are almost universally accepted as a gesture of good and a means of establishing a friendly rapport.
  • Give a firm hand shake at the beginning of your interview.
  • Maintain friendly eye contact, doing so will show personal interest.
  • Nodding your head, a common gesture the communicates a positive response.


Be determine to avoid the following:

  • Lack of eye contact may express impatience, or no interest in the conversation.
  • Slumped posture with restricted movement and eyes downcast projects poor self-esteem.
  • Lip licking strongly signals fear an anxiety. Touching the mouth or nose or, bringing the hands near the face suggests anxiety or dishonesty, as if you have something to hide.
  • Squirming, shrinking away, and fidgeting may mean intense discomfort, perhaps with the interviewer's questions.
  • Avoid leg or foot movement because it communicates anxiety and a desire to get up and leave.

Avoiding negative body language will give you the professional edge and confidence you need to be a cut above the rest in a competitive job market. Remember to be positive and keep focused on the interview, show interest in the job position by doing research about the company before the interview and be sure to ask effective questions regarding the qualities expected for the job position. If you apply these few points on your interview, you will perform well, impress the interviewer and perhaps, land that desired job!


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      Claudia Marie 6 years ago

      How true! Thanks for your comment!

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      Wanda 6 years ago

      Extremely useful, practical information. With the job market being so competitive, this aritcle reflects just what one needs to know to get through that all important interview process.