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Non-verbal communication tips for interviews

Nonverbal communication is as important as verbal communication during an interview. The evaluation of your nonverbal communication will start as soon as you walk into the company’s lobby and continue until the interview is finished.

Make sure you are properly dressed, neatly groomed and shoes-polished. Too much perfume or not enough deodorant won’t help either. Talking on your cell phone or listening to an IPod while waiting to be called for the interview may be your final strike..

What to Bring to an Interview

What Not to Bring to an Interview

  • Cell phone
  • iPod
  • Gum
  • Cigarettes
  • Candy
  • Soda or coffee

While you wait in the reception, sit quietly (do not talk over phone). To avoid sweaty palms, visit the wash-room, wash your hands and dry them. Keep your palms open rather than folded into a fist.

Nonverbal Communication During the Interview

  • Take a deep breath and relax before entering the interview room.
  • Make a firm shake-hand with the interviewer and maintain eye contact.
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer. However, do not stare, keep the contact continuos for few mins.
  • Smile and nod (at appropriate times) when the interviewer is talking, but, don’t overdo it. Don’t laugh unless the interviewer does first.
  • Be polite and keep an even tone to your speech. Don’t be too loud or too quiet.
  • Don’t slouch.
  • Do relax and lean forward a little towards the interviewer so you appear interested and engaged.
  • Don’t lean back. You will look too casual and relaxed.
  • Pay attention, be attentive and interested.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer ; await your chance to speak.
  • Incase of any disagreement, do not argue with the interviewer. Stay calm and smoothly drive the point home.
  • Not sure what to do with your hands? Hold a pen and your notepad or rest an arm on the chair or on your lap, so you look comfortable. Don’t let your arms fly around the room when you’re making a point.
  • Do not fiddle with your dress or hair during the interview.
  • Lastly, do not forget to thank the interviewer for his time.
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