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The Interviewer Is Watching You!

Aug 17, 2007
It is not for nothing that the experts advise you to take interviews seriously. The seasoned interviewer will be continuously watching your moves closely to evaluate whether he can put his money on you, in spite of your good academic performance. Complacency, lack of knowledge, aptitude and all behavioral traits will be noticed without you being aware of it, and along with your hard skills they determine your selection (or not) for the job.

Your Speech Is Connected To Your Body Language

Statisticians agree that 55-65% of all communications between people is through body language. Of this, about 30-40% is transmitted through voice modulation. This leaves us with just about 10-15% for verbal communication. This set of statistics goes to emphasize that interviewers depend at least equally on what they see if not more than what they hear.

Interpreting non verbal behavior is a new but effective branch of science. If you didn't already know, it is the same science that detectives use in interrogations. Attempting to lie in interrogations or interviews will meet the same end because of your body language. No sooner than you attempt to lie, your body begins to give signals away of it via deceptive body language.

Body Manifestations And Their Interpretations

The manifestations of behaviors begin quickly in the form of restlessness and uneasiness of the subconscious mind. However, the physiology is such that it tends to oppose these abnormal stresses resulting in a build-up of stresses inside you.

How will this manifest and will it show openly? The impulsive stresses begin surfacing as a non-stop shifting in your seat, avoiding eye contact with the interviewer, faint voice, changed facial expressions and finally a change tone of voice. As failing in a promising interview is probably the last thing you want, you will not want have any misconceptions or misguidance about the importance of your non-verbal behavior in job interviews.

Hidden emotions can further worsen your case in the form of a dry mouth and eyes. But wait..it gets worse. The seasoned interviewer will be preparing to play his next card to check attitudinal changes by using delay tactics.

Delay Tactics Tighten the Screws

Just what are delay tactics? The interviewer may take a brief rest, or pauses between questions and answers to see whether he has done enough to sow suspicion in the mind of the candidate. A dishonest candidate can begin to stutter for words, which is an indication of deceptive attempts. The interviewer still needs conclusive proof of this before he makes his final assessment. The available 'evidence' is still insufficient at this point.

The interviewer can begin to test you with simple questions. Unsuspecting candidates usually suddenly relax and give up attempts to conceal facts. Some simple examples of such questions are dates of employment, etc.

Now that you are aware how your body language can adversely affect your chances of succeeding in job interviews, you can pay closer attention to the way you behave. The next time you come across someone planning to deceive an interviewer, you know he is going to be easily exposed.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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