In the world of interviews, where words are meticulously evaluated, your body language often whispers secrets about you before you even begin speaking. Let’s unravel the enigma of non-verbal communication during interviews.
The Power of the Eyes:
As Lowndes suggests, maintaining prolonged eye contact can be the “sticky eyes” technique in action. Let your gaze linger even after the other person has finished speaking, and it will create an aura of deep connection and understanding. But remember to balance it to avoid coming off as overly intense.
Instead of an instant, rehearsed grin, let a warm, genuine smile flood over your face slowly. This “flooding smile,” as Lowndes terms it, portrays authenticity and can set the tone for a genuine conversation.
The Art of the Handshake:
A handshake is not just a formality; it’s a testament to your character. A firm yet gentle grip exudes confidence. Couple that with the “sticky eyes” technique, and you’re on your way to making an unforgettable first impression.
Posture and Poise:
Channel the “big baby pivot” by turning fully with your head, shoulders, and hips when introduced. This full-frontal position demonstrates that you’re giving your undivided attention, and the gesture can be very flattering to the interviewer.
This doesn’t just apply to verbal cues. If your interviewer leans forward or adopts a particular posture, subtly mirroring them can build rapport. It sends a silent signal that you’re on the same page.
However, as with any dance, there are missteps to avoid. Crossing your arms, though comfortable, can come off as defensive or closed off. Fidgeting, be it foot-tapping or pen-twirling, can indicate nervousness. Also be aware of cultural nuances in body languages , especially in the middle east..
Incorporating these nuanced techniques can refine your non-verbal communication, enhancing the silent dance of interaction during interviews.
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