Opps did I just say that! “What your body language is telling employers”

Did you know that 50-70% of language is unspoken?  Our bodies reflect our true state of mind and during interviews and cold-calling it’s probably like a blinking red light that says…VERY NERVOUS! It’s often because of our nerves, that we have no idea our physical “message” is running counter to what we’re actually saying. For example, you may be talking about your capable leadership skills while not being able to look the interviewer in the eye. Your words and your body language need to match despite your inner turmoil! 

To help keep your confidence up, keep this in mind:

  1. You wouldn’t have been asked for an interview if you didn’t already have the skills and abilities the employer is looking for.
  2. When cold-calling the very fact you came in-person is hugely impressive for employers
  3. SMILE! and show sincere warmth, since most employers get a distinct impression of you within the first few seconds this can offset nervousness and immediately make a good impression.
  4. Most employers want to hire you! They don’t want to waste time in the interview process so the quicker they can make a decision the better.

Now what is your body language really saying?


Action: Hands in pockets

Meaning: Dejection


Action: Touching your neck

Meaning: Insecurity


Action: Touching or rubbing nose

Meaning: Rejection, doubt or lying


Action: Rubbing eye

Meaning: Doubt or disbelief


Action: Hands clasped behind back

Meaning: Anger, apprehension


Action: Locked ankles

Meaning Apprehension


Action: Rubbing hands

Meaning: Anticipation        


Action: Patting / Fondling hair

Meaning: Lack of self-confidence


Action: Looking down face turned away

Meaning: Lack of confidence and disbelief


Action: Biting nails

Meaning: Insecurity, nervousness


Action: Pulling or tugging at ear

Meaning: Indecision


If you’re not sure whether you’re doing these things try recording yourself or have a friend watch you while answering interview questions. Remember everyone feels some insecurity at some point it’s just a matter of how you project those feelings.

Stay tuned for the next post on how to become a body language superhero!