First impressions are crucial. From what you wear to what gestures you make, be assured, that people will take note. In fact, studies have found that non-verbal cues have over four times the impact on impression you make than anything you say. Here are some common non-verbal cues:
Arched Eyebrows – When we raise our eyebrows it means we are contemplating what we’re listening to and that we’re mildly intrigued.
Direct Eye Contact – Means we’re interested, we’re listening, and that we’re focused on you
Feet Facing Forward – It shows that your focused on the other person.
Positive/ Open Body Language
Akimbo Arms – Planting your hands with your thumbs backward on your hips and elbows out in a ‘V’ shape displays dominance and authority.
Mirroring – Mirroring someone’s body language means they’re interested in you and trying to build rapport.
Negative/ Closed Body Language
Shaking Your Legs – Means you’re anxious, scared or impatient.
Lowered Head – Means you’re ashamed of something, shy or have something to hide.
Squinting – When people see what they don’t like, feel threatened, or are unhappy, they squint their eyes.
Blinking Too Much – Means we are nervous or anxious.
Arms Crossed – presents a barrier and suggests an image of defensive, reserved and uncomfortable.
Common Non-Verbal Mistakes Made During an Interview
26% Have a weak handshake
21% Close their arms over their chest
33% Fidget too much
21% Play with their hair or touch their face
67% Fail to make eye contact
38% Don’t Smile
33% Have bad posture
Quick stats of first impressions
First impressions are formed within 7 SECONDS of meeting someone
In a survey of 2000 managers, 33% claimed to know whether or not they would HIRE someone within 90 seconds
80% of information people remember is Oral & Visual
In a study, researchers identified 5000 DISTINCT HAND GESTURES in humans
55% of first impressions are formed by your dress, act and walk through the door
38% of a person’s first impression is determined by TONE OF VOICE and just 7% The words you choose to say
65% Of hiring managers say that clothes can be a deciding factor between two similar candidates
Don’t let your clothes talk for you. Choose something neutral avoiding distractingly bright or coloured heavily patterned clothing
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