This week the PDXSX cohort attended a networking event hosted by the University of Oregon Alumni Association. As we entered the Turnbull Center, we checked in, mingled and were seated to listen to keynote speaker Vanessa Van Edwards of Science of The People. The topic of the lecture was something you normally wouldn’t think of before entering an interview but focused on a critical skill, managing your body language.
You might be thinking: body language, who cares? It’s all about how you sell yourself to your future employers.
But in reality, body language makes up around 60 percent of our nonverbal communication and if you really want to nail that interview you have to impress the interviewer with more than just your verbal skills.
You have around one second to sell yourself to your interviewer. That one second relies on your body language. Realistically, there’s no way you can finish saying hello before your interviewer has decided if he or she likes or dislikes you.
So now what? Sit up straight. Uncross your arms. Smile genuinely (tip: make your crow’s feet wrinkle). Be yourself. Your confidence will naturally shine through both verbally and nonverbally.
And lastly, practice your body language with friends or even in the mirror. It might sound lame, but learning your body language skills will lead to success in the real world.