Body Language & Non-verbals
Body language speaks volumes. In addition to attire, dining etiquette, and handshakes, which are extremely important in the job search, your body language and other non-verbal cues communicate your thoughts, friendliness, level of confidence, and much more.
By using good body language and other professional behaviors, you project confidence. Confidence is a set of behaviors you can learn and practice.
Consider your non-verbal cues when interacting with others and when others can observe you even if you are not directly interacting.
- At a career fair, as you move about, wait and speak with others.
- As a student or audience member listening to a speaker (who might be an employer or a contact for one). Yes, speakers notice the demeanor of classroom/audience members.
- Talking with a speaker after a presentation.
- Before, during and after an interview.
- Any other chance or planned meeting you have with a potential employer.
- Any interaction with a person who might refer you to an employer.
- Posture, while standing, seated and walking.
- Facial expression.
- Eye contact.
- Movement of your arms and hands.
- Maintaining personal space; distance between self and others.
Fidget, touch your face, play with your hair, adjust your clothing, scratch, bite your nails.
- 6 Tips for job seekers on body language [CareerRealism.com]
- Body language can make or break a job interview [Monster.com]
- Top body language mistakes made in job interviews [CareerBuilder.com]
- Appearance and body language article and video [About.com]
- Nine worst job interview body language gaffes [Forbes.com]