Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Things You Tell a Candidate During an Interview (Without Saying a Word)

Do you ever wonder what your body language says to a candidate during an interview? It’s likely you spend so much time studying the candidate that you forget to think about your own non verbal cues. you are you unintentionally intimidating? Are you expressing boredom?

As the interviewer, you have an immediate impact on how the candidate perceives the company. Understanding the signals you are sending during an interview could mean the difference between a candidate’s decision to accept or reject a job offer. Below are some messages your body sends others and how to correct them:

The message: “I’m uncomfortable”

The tipoff: Sitting with your legs crossed combined with a lot of leg movement is distracting and indicates nerves. Sit with your legs crossed at an angle, or keep both feet flat on the floor to convey confidence and relaxation.

The message: “You’re annoying me”

The tipoff: Drumming your fingers or rubbing your face can indicate irritation. Rest your hands by loosely clasping them in your lap on the table in front of you.

The message: “I’m better than you”

The tipoff: Leaning back in your chair and folding your arms across your chest can be seen as arrogant. Resting one leg or ankle on top of your knee sends the same message. Give the candidate your full attention and respect by sitting upright and directly facing them.

The message: “I’d rather be anywhere but here”

The tipoff: Pointing your feet toward the door tells the person you are interviewing that you want to get out of there ASAP. Make sure you face the person squarely with feet flat on the floor.

Along with your intentional efforts to maintain professionalism and treat the candidate with respect, it is critical to be cognizant of these nonverbal signals you may be sending as well.

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