As we all know, actions speak louder than words. While you may be saying one thing, your body may be saying the complete opposite. So the next time you interview a potential candidate, focus not only on what they are saying, but what they are doing while they are saying it.
Eye Contact: Eye contact helps to regulate the flow of communication, increases credibility, and conveys interest.
Swinging or Rocking Leg, or Tapping Fingers: Shows the candidate is bored and impatient.
Sitting or Standing with Arms Crossed: Shows the candidate is cut-off from the conversation and has entered into a defensive mode.
Sitting with Legs Apart: Shows the candidate is open and relaxed.
Hand to Your Cheek: Shows the candidate thinking.
Touching, Slightly Rubbing Nose: Shows the candidate is rejecting or doubting what was just said, or they are lying.
Sitting with Hands Clasped Behind Head: Shows superiority.
Open Palms: Shows the candidate is sincere and open.
Patting or Fondling Hair: Shows the candidate has a lack of self-confidence and insecurity.
Tilting of Head: Shows interest.
Pulling or Tugging Ear: Shows indecision.
Stroking Chin: Shows candidate is trying to make a decision.
Steepling Fingers: Shows candidate is trying to be authoritative.
Walking with Hands in Your Pocket: Shows dejection.
Hands Clasped Behind Back: Shows anger, frustration, apprehension.
Body Hunched: Shows candidate has low self-confidence.
Fidgeting: Shows candidate is nervous.
Hands on the Desk: Shows candidate is in agreement.
Leaning in Closer: Shows candidate is interested.
Looking Away to the Left: Shows candidate is lying.
Wiping Hands on Clothes: Shows candidate is nervous.