Body language

Interestingly, while words or verbal communication have their own impact, it’s the gestures and involuntarily movements of body parts i.e. non-verbal communication that conveys the strongest of messages.

Hence, social scientists have given great impetus on understanding body language of people to know exactly their state of mind. In a corporate set up too, HR managers are being trained in grasping the subtle messages that prospective recruits as well as existing employees convey through their hand and body movements.

Even a simple observation as to how a person sits in a chair can convey a lot about his or her personality. Understanding this can help HR managers identify whether the person is right for a particular job or not.

According to studies done by psychologists, over 90% of the communication is done through body language only.

Almost all interviews give importance to body language in evaluating candidature. Some interpretations of body language are ads follows:

* An erect walk conveys confidence.
* Raising eyebrows means probing/interest.
* Tilted head signifies doubt.
* Touching nose with a finger conveys doubt.

* Biting nails is a sign of nervousness.
* Folded hands are a sign of defensiveness.
* Hands in the pockets mean dejection.
* Hands on hips while standing shows aggression.

* Legs crossed while sitting signifies boredom.
* Legs apart while sitting shows you are open.

Psychologists state that when it comes to expressing feeling: 55% of the communication-n consists of body language; 38 % is expressed through tone of voice and only; 7% is communicated through words.

That means we express 93% of our feelings in a non-verbal way. A solid reason to mind the way we gesticulate.

  • Suvarna

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  • asha

    its true but still some

    more practical facts or key areas where a person should concentrate should have been specified

  • Rita

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  • pinki patel

    Good & very helpful.

  • Catherine

    hi all,
             i work as an HR Co-Ordinator, i mainly take care of Recruitment process,just wanted to know some tips for getting good candidates

  • taslim

    Dear Sir,

    what is my vision & value?
    i am working a company my job role is handing collection of old outstanding payment follow up & my english is not very good but i can impress the customer & they will released our payment. pls. advice — (which type of  training i have required—( what is my competence reqd from self -effective communication in english required or request you to you have to suggested ) 2. competence reqd from orgn.—–training to be provided for communication.

    Request you suggested how to achived my projection target for old outstanding payment.

    Awaiting valueable suggestion.

    Thanks & Regards

  • Ashley27gomes

    Hi Cathrine
                  My name is Ashley. Well in regards to getting the cream candidates one must first understand what type of candidates the company wants to hire.Plz go through more on the practical side. As I am also in the same field.


  • sachchidanand swami

    You need an ability to read their body language and analyze personalities.