Body language matters a lot while speaking. Our body language exhibits far more information about how we feel than it is possible to articulate verbally. All of the physical gestures we make are subconsciously interpreted by others. This can work for or against us depending on the kind of body language we use.
Many a times your body language doesn’t match your words. Giving your affirmation on certain things can be assumed your denial because of your body language. It is not only you; there are many people who fall in this category. While speaking don’t ignore your body gestures as you can lie but not your body language.
In group discussion also your gestures, postures matters a lot. You are there not only to puke the information about the topic, but you are there to present the information in the best possible way, and how you behave with others, how you react in the certain situations. In a GD round, Knowledge (that is displayed), and Communication – both verbal and Non Verbal and above all Group Behavior matters a lot. So we should not take it casually, and put major attention towards it.
Demonstrating a positive body language is important as interviewers pay attention to the slightest details of your postures and gestures during the interview. Experts advise that you must know how to use your body to effectively enhance your verbal message. Leaning forward slightly towards the group during the Group Discussion and the interviewer during the Personal Interview would go on to show that you are interested. Giving listening cues such as nodding whenever a fellow aspirant/ interviewer makes an important point shows your engagement in the process.
On the other hand, gestures such as scratching your head, repeatedly crossing and uncrossing the legs or touching your face are all instances of a nervous body language. These actions must be avoided by the candidates to be able to make a positive impact on the panel members.
What is the Importance of Body Language?
Body language is a form of non verbal communication, which is reveal by your gestures and postures. It tells about your unspoken intentions and tells the feeling through the physical behavior. Positive body gestures are the sign of confidence and security. They are the sign of active participation and leave a good impression. Positive one leaves an impact on others. It helps to build rapport with others. It can show that you are energetic in the group discussion. So be attentive towards your body language.
Points to Remember
Eye Contact: Maintaining eye contact is very important. Speaking by making eye contact shows your confidence level, it also involves the listener. If you are talking in a group in that case it is essential to make maximum eye contact with the people. So, avoid maintaining eye contact with only one or two persons in the group. This signifies that you are alienating the rest of the members. Speaker should address the entire group and listeners should maintain an eye contact with the speaker to show interest in the discussion. Looking towards ceiling or floor shows lack of interest or confidence.
Don’t be Aggressive: Avoid aggressive gestures in GD. There may be cases when you don’t like the things about the other person in that case you can’t be aggressive on him. Pointing fingers generally signifies talking in anger or that you are accusing someone. Use of violent hand movements in such a manner that it enters a group member’s space is also a sign that one is losing composure. Gentle hand movements should be used to elucidate one’s point of view.
Avoid Signs of Distraction: You should not engage your hands in inapt activities such as scratching, pricking, rubbing, playing with pens and key chains, fiddling with rings, grooming hair etc. These activities are annoying and distract others too.
Sitting Posture: You should sit properly in GD. Sit straight, don’t lean over your chair as if you are very tired and sleeping. Don’t slouch or bend forward. Your sitting posture tells how active and interested you are in the round. At the same time, you should not be absolutely stiff remain in a comfortable posture.
Avoid Sitting with Arms/ Legs Crossed: When you sit with crossed arms/legs or both, it refers to a closed mindset; It signals that you are not ready to listen to/accept others’ point of view. Moving legs signals impatience. If you keep moving your legs, you will communicate that you want to get through quickly with the GD/PI process.
Facial Expression: Facial Expression matters a lot. It is the mirror of your inner self. Control your facial expression and avoid showing your anger/disgust/frustration on your face. Also don’t smirk, smile or laugh unnecessarily.
Nodding: While listening it is very important to nod, as it signifies that your are listening to the speaker. Nodding once in a while is quiet ok, but avoid overdoing it.
Pitch &Tone: One should be audible, speaking in a very high volume and extremely low can be negative points. Moreover, do not rush through your sentences. Speaking slower not only makes you seem more calm and confident, but also makes you feel less stressed.
You are at one of the final stages to get into your dream job. So prepare well for the Group Discussions. Practice mock GDs with your friends or at coaching centres. Do ask for the feedback, not to mention but do not forget to ask about the body language during the GD.