Interestingly, while words or verbal communication have their own impact, itâ€™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.