Nonverbal elements of communication to be aware of.

body language

Nonverbal communication is the process of communication through sending and receiving wordless cues between people. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as body language, but nonverbal communication encompasses much more, such as use of voice, touch, distance, and physical environments.

Eye Contact – maintain eye contact when speaking to your interviewer, this shows that you are interested in what they are saying and provides others with the comfort needed to communicate with you in return.

Facial Expressions – Your facial expressions convey your emotions. Facial expressions are typically universal, which means they convey the same message globally. It also creates an atmosphere with warmth and friendliness, allowing others and yourself to feel comfortable.

Posture, look at your posture and body movement – Tones and Sounds, Your tone of voice and the sounds you make can communicate your thoughts to others without your even speaking. Your tone or sounds can inform people of what is on your mind.

Listening – nonverbal communication includes listening, which is one of the most important elements of communication. However, listening consists of more than simply hearing words and phrases. Awareness and observation also are components of the listening process. Active listening suggests the listener is paying close attention; inattentiveness may indicate the listener is uninterested.

Tips for nonverbal communication in an interview:

Get plenty of practice, practicing for an interview will ensure that you have a mental plan as to how to approach certain topics, practicing in a mirror may help to see your body language in this regard. Take notice of how your nonverbal communication portrays the words you are saying and what impression it may give the interviewer.

Be Aware of your Hands; avoid fidgeting and touching your hair and face. This may create doubt in the mind of the interviewer that you are not sure of what you are talking about. It is also important to give the interviewer an open body position without crossing your arms, which shows that you are comfortable and open for discussion. Keep your hands beside you or in your lap unless you are talking with your hands.

Pay Attention to the Interviewer’s Nonverbal Communication, pay attention to the messages the interviewer gives you in their nonverbal communication. Use this as an opportunity to understand what the interviewer wants to gain from meeting with you.

Be Mindful During your Interview, be aware of how you communicate during the interview.  It is important to not become distracted or to over think the questions. If you are demonstrating confidence, think about having good posture, keeping calm and keep eye contact.

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