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Importance of Nonverbal Communication in the Job Interview

Important Considerations When Deciding on a CareerIt has always been said that answering all questions properly and effectively selling yourself during an interview is almost a guarantee of getting the job. While this may be true, it should be remembered that little things may make a difference on whether you ace that job. One such aspect that can have critical consequences would be your nonverbal communication during the interview process.

There have been cases where qualified applicants were eliminated from consideration due to their manner of dressing or their body language which may depict a person who has no confidence. Studies have shown that indeed, nonverbal communication may make a difference in deciding who to choose from among the applicants. It would be to the applicant’s advantage if the following nonverbal communication areas can be addressed adequately.


Even with the cliché’ that one should not judge a book by its cover, it might be difficult for the interviewer not to make an impression based on your appearance. The way you dress, the choice of clothing, haircut, and the general appearance will always convey to anyone the kind of person you are. Having an untidy suit may make the interviewer think that you are a sloppy person. Coming in wearing jeans and sports shirts while the interviewers are in their business suits would definitely not create a good impact for you.

There are many things you can do to prepare yourself as far as appearance is concerned. You may elect to wear conservative clothing such as dark suits in gray or blue. Loud ties should be avoided. It would not take much time to make sure that your shoes are clean and presentable. Having the right haircut will also make a difference.

Body Language

Some experts maintain that body language is the most important element of nonverbal communication. This is critical since the message sent through body language may reveal so much about the person. Not much enthusiasm or interest may be generated by a person with a blank face or one who has limited body movements. These things are part of the process of sending messages across and if you are not successful in doing, this may be taken as being an ineffective communicator. And it should be remembered that an interview is a communication process and more importantly, employers look for applicants who can communicate effectively.

Small Things May Make the Difference

Improving yourself on these aspects does not require much and the rewards can be immense. Remember that even if some may think of these as small things, these can make a difference on whether you get hired or not. And the benefits of working on your nonverbal communication may extend beyond job application.