THE POWER OF NONVERBAL LANGUAGE


THE POWER OF NONVERBAL LANGUAGE

                        Recent studies indicate that a third massage is sent by verbal communication. The rest are stronger. That is nonverbal communication and image. Nonverbal image shows the real deeds which a person has. Some interviewer gets massages and impressions during the fist five minutes conducting an interview.
                        What will you say if you see a woman with blonde hair in her newest style, quite tall, with suitable clothing, walking straightly as if she was a model and giving a warm smile? Someone will say, she may be a model, she may be an actress, she may be a secretary of a big company. How about a woman with bad hairstyle, improper clothing, bad color selection, walking in front of you, without any smile, putting her hate rage image on her face. Some one may joke she is a witch, or lonely woman. “Like it or not, people do male initial judgments about others based on their appearance. Since you cannot alter this fact, it is best to learn to use it to your advantage. If you effectively manage your image, you can convey positive messages regarding your authority,  credibility, and competence.”( Nail the Job Interview, Caryl Rae Kranrich, Phd, Ronald L Kranrich,Phd, Impact Publication, Manassas park, Virginia.2003)
 Here are some tips how you can change your image in the positive manner.
  1. Build your image by your clothing color selection.
               You had better not wear black suit because black color is a color for funeral and very formal event. It is better to wear, grey, navy, camel, and other light colors which are acceptable for business suit. Sometimes you do not have to wear suit but you wear trousers and a plain or white shirt with a tie. It is less informal but it is acceptable in Asian countries.
  1. manage your stress
               Everyone has different level of nervousness. Fight for the nervousness is sometimes counter productive. You need to manage your stress by preparing and gathering information about the company and the job field. Practicing interview session with your friend or in front of a mirror is useful too. The more you get to interviews the better you can manage your stress. Your experience teaches you how to handle the nervousness.  
  1. Control your body language.
               Take a deep breath without the interviewer’s knowing. It can be done before you stand up to enter the interview room. Walk to the interviewer and shake his hand firmly, wait and sit and let he open the conversation. If the interviewer comes to you stands up to your full position before he reach you. Be alert, energetic, and put on your smile. Then shake his hand firmly.
  1. Lean slightly forward.
               This sitting position shows your interest to the topic that an interviewer talking. Do not lean too forward as if you are scrutinizing him. Lean forward hardly noticeable.
  1. keep eye contact
               Keeping eye contact while asking and answering questions transmits honesty and interest.  It means that you do not stare at the interviewer.
  1. put on friendly smile
               How your facial expression sends massage to the interviewer gives comfort to anyone who see you with friendly smile. An interviewer will catch you at the first meeting when you “Good morning “he will notice your facial expression. Can you put on your warm smile at this moment?
  1. Voice and intonation
               Your steady voice is conveys confidence. Pathetic voice shows less confidence. Your quality voice is important in face to face interview and telephone interview. Record your voice in answering questions then listen, you can make critical judgment to your voice. Is your voice easy listening or full of doubt? 
  1. These are some gestures you should do
-  Keep you head upright.
-  Do not fold your arms on your chest.
-  Speak clearly not too slow and too fast.
-  Give sign by nodding your head but not overact.
-  Sit straightly and lean forward lightly.
-  Move with a gesture if necessary while you are talking
-  Do not cross your legs.
-  Put your feet on the floor.
-  Use a good language and diction.
Bibliography
Nail the Job Interview, Caryl Rae Kranrich, Phd, Ronald L Kranrich,Phd, Impact Publication, Manassas park, Virginia.2003

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