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Pique yourself, you've reached the interview round but don't preen yourself.
The next big question is- "How can you get a competitive edge over other candidates and ace that interview?"
A typical answer- "Prepare for the common expected questions relating to your field and do not panic."
But is this enough to get through the interview stage?
Your professional experience may speak about your aspiration and competence, but does your slumped posture leave a good impression?
Remember, how you take your employer's fancy goes beyond what is on your resume and cover letter.
1. Why is nonverbal communication a critical part of evaluation during an interview?
2. What are the salient body language tips you need to bear in mind?
3. Some points you should be keeping away from.
A formal interview entails demonstrating professional behaviour, but does it confine to showing only your best professional self?
No, not really.
During an interview, you also want to showcase your unfeigned personality. Body language is a weapon not many interviewees pay heed to. It is a significant way of communication, and you need to be cognizant of the message you're conveying with it. These non-lexical components of speech, stance, mutual gaze, foot-tapping, pen-clicking, and other wonted conducts are some things you can't miss working on.
Here's a list of tips that will help keep your boat afloat even when you feel powerless.
The moment you enter the company premises, your interview starts. You may think how but not many interviewees take advantage of this fact. Just as you want to treat all the interviewers courteously, you must radiate confidence and politeness throughout, not just when you're in the interview room.
Snap Tip: As often observed, eschew being on the phone while you are asked to cool your heels in the waiting room.
Soreness and irritation can side-track and lead you to send the wrong message. Getting hold of a new pair of shoes or belt to complement your outfit and add that oomph to your overall appearance may seem a eureka moment at first, but it might ruin your performance. Fidgeting and getting worked up will conceivably communicate uneasiness rather than a fastidious person.
Eye contact showcases your self-confidence and attentiveness, which gives the interviewer's credence to you. It is also the foundation for building connections and a good rapport with the interviewer. Every time making a mutual gaze will engage your interviewer and build an emotional bond which is of great favour to you.
It's undeniable that you want to convey your story and achievements in detail, making you the ideal candidate. But bear in mind to get a load of what is happening in that 45 to one and a half hour empathetically. You will be continuously evaluated on your people skills and emotional intelligence apart from your experience.
Interviewers are trying to look over your genuine personality beyond what is mentioned in your documents. So, let your charisma and individuality fan out! If you're someone who naturally expresses with your hands, smothering your habit may be discomforting, sending out a wrong message. So, try being yourself and having your hands in a neutral position when you're not talking.
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Kinesics is one of the foremost powerful ways that humans communicate non-verbally. Spoken language and voice are only 7% to 38% of communication. The rest 55% is all about body language.
It's perfectly fine if these tips and ways don't seem achievable to you at first. Take your sweet time and practice, maybe in front of a mirror or your chum. The aim is not to chew the fat. Good luck!