Nonverbal language in a job interview
Communication is not just a matter of words. It is also based on gestures, facial expressions and signals, whether conscious or unconscious. This nonverbal language has a very strong impact on the recruiter during a job interview. This is the day. You have prepared for your interview for a long time. You know the company, you know what your qualities and weaknesses are, you have memorized your answer to the question:
“Tell me about yourself…”
Everything looks good. After the interview, you think the recruiter was sensitive to your pitch, you may have even caught his attention. A week later, the recruiter calls you or leaves you an email and tells you that “despite the quality of your application and your profile, we are not going to continue the hiring process with you.” You are distressed, you don’t understand this decision, you thought you had answered all the questions well.
During a recruitment interview, the impact of what you say on the recruiter is only 7% According to a study conducted among 2000 managers during an interview, the words you say have an impact on the recruiter of only 7%. This is very low. The impact is then due to 28% of your oral expression, because of the confidence you inspire in your interviewer.
Results of non-verbal language in a job interview
The way you dress, your attitude and the way you walk in the door have an impact on the recruiter of 55%.
65% of employers say that the way you dress can be a deciding factor in choosing between two candidates. You should tailor your attire to the position you are applying for and the culture of the company. While some companies may allow you to wear jeans and sneakers, I recommend that you dress more professionally during the interview.
Forty-seven percent of recruiters consider lack of company knowledge a negative factor. In fact, if you have applied for a job or even if it is an unsolicited application, it means that you are interested in the position but also and especially in the company. In the end, the recruiter will think that you have come as a “tourist” if you have no information about the company.
67% believe that not having eye contact with the interviewer is destabilizing. We’ve all had the experience of talking to someone who won’t look at us. It’s a strange and unpleasant feeling.
The impact is 38% for candidates who don’t smile. The idea is not to smile stupidly for an hour, but to have a pleasant face to look at. A classic is to sit with your arms crossed. This posture is the sign of a closed and distrustful person who does not want to open up to others. The first 30 seconds are crucial in an interview and this is reflected in the handshake.
26% of recruiters think a soft handshake is bad. A handshake that is too soft is not well perceived by 26% of recruiters. The first 30 seconds of an interview are very important, and this includes the handshake.
33% judge candidates negatively who are fidgeting in their seats, swaying from right to left or from side to side.
Touching one’s hair or face bothers 21% of employers. This attitude may suggest that they are not comfortable or perhaps that they are not very frank, very transparent in their speech or in their answers. In fact, people who touch their face or hair during a conversation do so unconsciously to hide information or distort the truth. One tip, keep your hands on the table, or better yet, hold a pen and notebook to take notes.
Finally, making too many hand gestures is perceived negatively by 9% of recruiters. The impact of verbal language is ultimately far more important in the recruiter’s final choice than the words you may say.
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