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Speech Mannerisms And Body Language

The interview is an oral examination where speech mannerism is extremely important. It serves as a means of communicating your ideas and is also a significant indicator of cultural and environmental influences on your personality. A famous quotation of Ben Johnson, “Speak that I may judge thee”, also supports the view that a man’s linguistic style is a mirror that reflects his personality.
An interviewer assesses the impact of your speech on the basis of the following: the clarity of voice, its tone, speed of speaking, speech mannerisms and gesticulations.

Clarity of Speech

We are judged by our speech. If you slur syllables, speak words together or pronounce them incorrectly, you shall merit criticism for being careless or even ignorant. Modulate your voice when you speak to someone. Your effort should be to make the listener hear each word you say and, thus, make him/her clearly understand your viewpoint. The usage of words and sentences should be precise and audible so that the other person is able to follow them properly. Clarity here means that you speak out each word enunciating its phonetic constituents as clearly as you can.
Don’t use words that you find difficult to pronounce properly. The tone of your voice should be lively and audible. Cultivate the ability to speak in a firm, crisp and ringing voice. Make every effort to improve your diction and vary your voice to bring out important points. Keep a pleasant expression while speaking and do not rush through your sentences at breakneck speed.


Closely related to your speech mannerisms is gesticulation. It is a posture/movement of parts of the body, or an action expressive of sentiment or passion intended to show your inclination or dissatisfaction towards something.
As has been said earlier, an interview is a type of psychoanalysis of the candidate through which his maturity, emotional stability, tact, self-­confidence, initiative, conscientiousness, integrity, consistency of thought, tough-mindedness, adaptability and ability to do team work are observed and assessed. Effective gesticulation helps you in convincing the interviewer about some of these qualities. However, gestures should be natural and suited to the occasion and the topic being discussed.
Do not make gestures that may leave a negative influence on the interviewer.


Your actions while talking or making your point clear to the ­interviewer can convey just as much as, if not more than, the proper choice of words. Gestures that leave a positive impression include:
  • Nodding of head to express “yes” or “no” to something. (This makes your answer clearer.)
  • Raising of eyebrows to show surprise.
  • Moving of hands while talking to make your ideas more impressive.
  • Keeping a sober expression if the topic is serious.
  • Smiling when expressing your thanks or on being appreciated.
At the same time avoid bad habits and mannerisms like scratching, shifting on your seat, shaking your legs, picking your nose, etc. 
So far, we have discussed as to what is required from the candidate as far as mannerisms or proper gesticulation and clarity of voice are concerned. But the basic idea with which this book has been compiled is to help you improve upon your shortcomings. So let us switch over to the most important section of this book, namely, personality trait development, to help you to be successful in interviews.

Some Don’ts and Dos on Body Language



Look down or away and avoid

Look people squarely in the face

eye contact


or eyes


Smile shyly or ignore the other
person’s presence


Greet people openly

Mumble or be inaudible

Speak confidently

Fiddle with your hands, bite

Use gestures positively

nails, etc.


Wander around or lean away

Move closer to the other person

Lean back in your chair with

Lean forward slightly in your

both hands behind your head


Move forward suddenly

Avoid sudden movements

Stare at the other person

Look at the other person’s face

Have an “I knew this already”

Smile when pleased



Raise your eyebrows in surprise

Nod your head occasionally as

or amazement

the other person is talking

Have your arms crossed

Keep arms uncrossed

Bend or hunch up

Stand up straight

Slump in front of people or

Face people



Balance on one leg or fidget

Stand firmly and squarely

Creep around or rush through

Walk confidently

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