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Mom was right when she said you only get one chance to make a first impression. For recruiters who screen candidates, that first impression provides critical insight into a potential employee’s “fit” as well as their personality and qualifications. The fact of the matter is that 93% of communication is nonverbal so your candidate can be communicating their interest, fit and motivation for the role without even saying it. Here are a few main nonverbal cues to look for when you screen candidates:

Watch for these nonverbal cues when you screen candidates:

When you look at a candidate in an interview environment, there are some easy and readily apparent clues into their personality. Whether that interview is live or digital, did they make an effort to dress to impress or are they still looking like they walked out of a yoga class? If they aren’t willing to take the interview seriously, how will they step up to present themselves at work? Similarly, are they giving you their full attention, or can you see them spending more time looking at their phones than they are at you? Again, this is a sign of the behaviors to come. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to what works in your workplace, the fact remains that you can and should screen candidates to determine whether they are the right fit.

Watch a prospective employee’s body language when you screen candidates. While it is of course natural for them to be nervous, you can easily see whether they are even paying attention to your questions. Facial expressions are the clearest way to screen candidates for their interest. Interest is typically shown through dilated pupils, head nodding or smiling. On the flip side, lack of eye contact doesn’t always mean the candidate’s nervous- it could be an illustration that the candidate is uninterested.

Screen candidates for the way they are physically seated speaking to you. If a candidate is slightly facing at another angle with their arms crossed, it could be a sign that they are not as invested in the organization or the role. Rather, screen for candidates who are facing towards you, possibly leaning slightly towards you and motioning with their hands while they speak to identify candidate who are eager to begin in their perspective role.

When you screen candidates, you want to find the right one for your work environment. Consider their nonverbal communications to make sure you see the whole picture.

Interested in learning more about ways to screen candidates? Click here to schedule a meeting with RIVS.

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