When preparing for an interview, everyone likes to focus on words; what they’re going to say, how they’re going to respond. And, well, let’s face it, words are extremely important. But what many people don’t notice is that appearance and actions are important, too. Sometimes they are more important than we realize.
Here’s a little secret: What you wear, how you sit in your chair, the way you look (or don’t look) at the other person and what you do not say out loud could very likely determine the outcome of your interview. In these cases, silence can speak louder than words.
Want some tips about how nonverbal cues affect communication? According to QuintCareers these are some of the most important ones:
- Dress conservative. Don’t follow in the footsteps of other employees in the company. Matching clothes, black and navy colors, and ties for men start off the list of how to stay simple yet impressive.
- Keep your hair neat and off your face. Tie your hair back if you have to. Don’t let your hair fall over your face or shield your eyes.
- Less is more with makeup, jewelry and fragrances. Keep eyeliner, perfume and cologne at a minimum.
- Don’t have an odor. Make sure your hygiene is up to par. Take a shower beforehand.
- Grooming is key. The little things matter. Have clean fingernails (and don’t bite them during the interview!) Also, make sure facial hair is tidy.
Other signs we already take into account on a regular basis are things such as facial expressions and posture. But what about the general energy the person is giving off? What does their vibe feel like? How engaged are they in the conversation, and does their aura seem to fit that of someone who will make you glad you hired them? Trust your gut instinct. More often than not, it’s right.
Last — eye contact. Eye contact is very, very important and could very well be the determining factor of whether or not you get a job. If you’re shy or nervous, conquer that fear, because looking down or away from the other person could cost you. Stand your ground and look the other person directly in the eyes. You need to demonstrate that you have confidence. Confidence makes the perfect candidate for any position.
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