One of the most important aspects of your career has to do with your communication skills. Whether you’re conducting face-to-face interviews or online portals, your body language influences your job opportunities. The attitude manager will be the first to notice that non-verbal cues create instant perception and talk a lot without saying a word.
Applicants are often surprised when they apply for a position that suits them so well that the job offer could fall into someone else’s hands. Even though it may seem insignificant, your body language during the interview can be a turning point in comparing candidates.
Recently, a manager talked about his challenges in recruiting candidates who can build relationships by asking questions and sending positive perceptions.
She mentions virtual interviews of candidates and how exciting it is to talk to candidates who have the right skills and job requirements but who have sent a different message in their body language. One of the candidates started the interview without facial expression, answered questions with short answers, and appeared to receive a text while the manager talked more about the job.
Unfortunately, the candidate may have been waiting for the interview for most of the night, but he appreciates the non-verbal message he sends. According to Princeton psychologists, applicants have a tenth of a second to be impressed – this can be an estimate of the time it will take for your eyes to blink.
While tenths of a second are fast, knowing how your nonverbal communication skills send messages is more important.
When deciding which one to hire, managers usually consider how easy it is to communicate with you. If you text during an interview that you aren’t listening or show a lack of chemistry, it might be keeping you from getting a job.
Surprisingly, 49% of employers know within the first five minutes of the interview whether an applicant is suitable for a position. Only 8% of employers waited 30 minutes or more to decide if the candidate was a good fit.
The study pointed to the two main nonverbal mistakes candidates make, namely the inability to make eye contact and smile. You will likely be interviewed virtually, and while the handshake may be a factor in the future, this will be how you will currently look on screen.
Even if the candidate performs well to speak of, nonverbal language appears to be the driving force behind decision making. According to the CareerBuilder study, the top ten body language managers listed are:
- Impossible to eye contact: 68%
- Don’t smile: 38%
- Playing with something on the table: 36%
- Turning too much into place: 32%
- Bad posture: 31%
- Arms crossed over chest: 31%
- Playing with the hair or touching the face: 26%
- Handshake too weak: 22%
- Use too many hand movements: 13%
- Handshake too strong: 8%
The study shows how important it is for candidates to understand communication skills during the interview process. Crossing your arms, blinking, and eye contact are all things to remember as your non-verbal cues will impress the hiring decision-maker.
At your next interview, think about the type of impression you would like to make on the company. Take the time to record a live video interview and observe your body language. Make sure your nonverbal language doesn’t reject your words.
What do you think about the time it takes to make a good impression? Do you think body language can be strong enough to influence hiring decision-makers?