What do you think is the essential part while giving an interview? I know most of you will agree on the communication skills, and yes, even I will not disagree with the usual fact. Communication is crucial, verbal or non-verbal. Here comes the issue, most of the candidates emphasize their verbal communication skills, ignoring non-verbal communication. But, you must know it is as important as verbal communication. This article is dedicated to discussing non-verbal communication during the interview.
So, stick till the end!
Before we begin, let’s dig a little deeper into the originality of nonverbal communication. It means expressing yourself without words, that is, facial expressions, sighs, pauses, postures, speed, attire, and everything you do except speaking.
In other words, nonverbal communication can be described as a combination of non-lexical and para lingual communication, that is, expressing without using words. You can convey your message, emotions, intentions, thoughts, and feelings differently.
Be mindful that the interview is never only about verbal conveyance only. You have to be cultured in your nonlexical communication skills while giving the interview.
Suppose you are replying to a question during your interview and your facial expressions are dull, you are not moving your hand postures, your attire is not suitable and professional, and you are taking long-short pauses or speaking shilly shally. All these are going to affect your performance irrespective of your answer quality. So, that’s how the importance of non-verbal communication increases.
And it begins right from the waiting area. While waiting for your turn to get interviewed, you must start paying attention to paralinguistic communication. And how shall you portray it? Be professional and quiet. It includes everything from greeting the person at the reception to sitting mannerly in the waiting lounge.
A tip: Do not use the waiting span as idle, or do not start hanging out on long phone calls. This might be treated as a core unprofessional behavior and reduce your selection chances.
The question of the hour! How will you prepare to portray your nonverbal language exceptionally well and understandable? It should be easy, professional, and gentle. You need to strike a perfect balance between professionalism and overdoing it.
You must have heard that the first impression is the last impression! And that works assuredly here. Your first impression of your interviewer will last long, even when you get selected, so now you have one more reason to put enough effort into your paralanguage.
Let’s see what you can do to make your preparation game strong enough to crack the interview,
And you’re prepped!
So, now that you are sussed with the preparation strategy, I am highly obliged to offer a few tips to help you with the during-the-interview procedure utilizing your paralanguage and body postures.
These points will be of service to you the best when giving a face-to-face interview, but definitely, a scenario is slightly distinctive while you are giving the online interviews. You are welcome! Because I have some wisdom to share with you in that case.
Take a look!
Well, most of the above-mentioned tips will work even if you are online. But I believe you need to be attentive and responsive to add value to your candidature. Sometimes, it becomes difficult for the interviewer to catch and judge your expressions, and they only determine your speech tone. So, take good care of your voice modulation and speed.
Make sure to have a great internet connection 15 minutes before the interview. Select a non-disturbing environment and a simple place to sit. Avoid the hefty decorated backgrounds. All these things affect your performance as well as your presence of mind and behavior.
For example, suppose you are sitting where your family is discussing a matter. In that case, you may have to repeat your answer or ask them to say it again, which is quite irritating and good time wastage, leaving an impression of a non-serious personality of you.
It’s easy! You must say thank you with your gorgeous smile, give a firm handshake and leave with small steps. Don’t forget the receptionist. Say goodbye to them too. Push the chair back to its original position. Even if you are unsatisfied with the experience or offer, do not let it show on your face.
If you are giving an online interview, let them leave first after your interview. Do not say a casual bye and leave in a hurry. Be respectful!
Remember, they take note of everything!
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