Written by Shweta Shrivastav
What Did You Say?!: Read and Respond to Interviewer Body Language Like a Pro
Bridgett is the CEO and Founder at BMcHAWK Talks, LLC, a public speaking coaching firm. She has presented at various conferences, universities, colleges, student organizations, and corporations. She gets her energy from being around others who are passionate about the work they do and how it propels others to be their best. You can find more about her work here.
Three Branches of Nonverbal Communication
- Kinesics – body movement
- Haptic – integration via touch
- Proxemics – use of space
How your message is conveyed
- Verbal (Words) – 7%
- Vocal (Pitch, tone, pauses) – 38%
- Nonverbal (Body language) – 55%
Five types of body language
- Eye contact
- Facial expressions
- Posture and stance
- Space relationship
At the time of the interview, the interviewer’s behavior might be affected by many factors like professional culture, major events/forces unrelated to work, colleague’s expectations, and education. We have no control over the other person’s behavior and body language, but we can control our body language by taking authority over our mind and body. Create affirmative assertions and strike a power pose before entering the meeting room. Stand with your feet hip-distance apart, hold your head high, pull your shoulders back, and stretch out your arms. If you hold this pose for two minutes, you will feel (and be perceived as) more confident and competent as you walk into the interview. Strive to look, talk, stand, and walk like you.
Here are some resources to learn more about body language:
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