I am very interested in human communications, which includes non-verbal communications. In every day life nonverbals have more meaning than verbal communication. It is especially important to be mindful of your non-verbals. According to the College Journal reports, non-verbals are 55% of the hiring process. The moment you step out of your car be ready to have good non-verbal communication. First impressions are everything and that includes non-verbals. Non-verbal communication is defined as the non-verbal communication that includes pitch, speed, tone and volume of voice, gestures and facial expressions, body posture, stance, and proximity to the listener, eye movements and contact, and dress and appearance (business dictionary). The business dictionary also suggests that, “research suggests that only 5percent effect is produced by the spoken word, 45 percent by the tone, inflexion, and other elements of voice, and 50 percent by body language, movements, eye contact, etc.”

There are many sites that are dedicated to informing people of interview settings. Many of them highlight the importance of non-verbal communication and how it can make or break an interview. I used a few of those sites to help me write this blog. Check them out at College Grad, Ezine @rticles and About.com: Job Search.

Below is a list of some do’s and don’ts of non-verbal communication.

Here’s some don’ts

  • Smell of smoke
  • Wear too much perfume/cologne
  • Unprofessional attire
  • Being on your cell phone (whether it is talking, texting, or on the internet)
  • Listening to a media device while waiting for your interview to begin
  • Chew gum or eat candy
  • Fidget
  • Stare into space
  • Eating lunch while waiting for the interview to start
  • Primping in front of a mirror in the front office
  • Having an attitude is a huge negative. If you act like you are too good for the job then you will not get the job.

Here are some Do’s

  • Dress professionally
  • Eye contact is required
  • Firm handshakes show confidence
  • Sit up straight
  • Listen, pay attention and be interested in what is being said
  • Be polite
  • Don’t let your hands get excited. Relax.
  • Go prepared with a notebook, pen, resume and any other required materials
  • Be personal. If you see something of personal interest in the room it should be mentioned.
  • It brings emotional connections into the interview and is shows who you are as a person.
  • Facial expressions should remain positive
  • Remain conversational; it is an interview not a test for your vocabulary.

If you remember these non-verbal rules then you are a third of the way to acing your interview. The next steps are appropriate attire and having the qualifications for the job.