Nonverbal Communication Tips

When asked what percentage of communication is conveyed verbally vs. nonverbally, many agree that only 7% of communication is verbal.  Ever wonder where that number comes from?  In the 1960s, Dr. Albert Mehrabian conducted studies that revealed 7% of a message is conveyed through words, 38% through vocal elements, and 55% through body language.  Although more recent studies may reach different outcomes based on methodology, it is generally agreed that nonverbal communication plays an important role in effective communication.

So, as you prepare for upcoming interviews, take time to consider not only WHAT you plan to say but also HOW you plan to say it.

The following blogs highlight the importance of body language in the job interview:

Body Language Can Make or break a Job Interview by Robert Ordana (Monster)

5 Body Language Tips that Will Help You Succeed in an Interview by Isabel Sperry (Vault)

By Sarah Bugh
Sarah Bugh Associate Director & Career Coach Sarah Bugh