Research conducted by UCLA has revealed that only 7 percent of our communication is based on verbal communication. The rest comes from tone of voice and body language such as facial expression, body posture and eye movement. Body language provides a huge amount of information about us to others, especially during interviews. Being more aware of the non – verbal clues we project can give us a tremendous advantage during the interview.
Emulating body language is ok
When two people mirror body language, (i.e. leaning your head the same way as the other person) it signals they have developed a bond with one another. This is something we do unconsciously when we have developed trust with the other person.
A sincere smile makes your eyes crinkle
A genuine smile reaches further than the mouth and will cause crinkling of the skin around the eyes, otherwise known as crow’s feet. So the next time you want to know if someone’s smile is genuine look for crinkles at the corner of their eyes. If they aren’t there that smile is hiding something.
Posture reveals your presence
Ever see the movie Patton staring George C. Scott? Whenever Patton walked into a room or was in front of his troops, you knew immediately who was in charge. The effect he had on others was really about body language, including an erect posture and expansive body gestures. He had the uncanny ability to project a lot of space even though he was not a large man physically.
We know the brain is hardwired to equate power with the amount of space people take up. Standing up straight with shoulders held back is a power position. Try comparing this with someone who slouches. With a slouching posture we appear to take up much less space and therefore project less power. Maintain good posture and you will command more respect and find it easier to engage with others.
Raised eyebrows signal discomfort
When we are feeling worried, fearful or surprised we may not notice our eyebrows going up. Just try raising your eyebrows when you are having a relaxed conversation and you will find it difficult to do. The next time you see someone raising their eyebrows it could be they are uncomfortable with something that is being said or happening.
A successful interview has more to do with your non-verbal communication than what you say. Interviewers will look for non-verbal clues so be sure your body language projects a confident and genuine you. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.