3 Body language cues to Catch the Job Interview lies

All that glitters is not gold. Similarly, all those nerdy-looking, well-groomed candidates you see are not real. Underneath the seemingly well-balanced job interview body language, you might find a wide spectrum of personalities and intentions.

Body language expert, Albert Mehrabian, found that 55% of human communication is nonverbal communication, 38% is the tone of voice, and only 7% is verbal messages (words). Thus, even though verbal messages are important, nonverbal messages such as body movements and facial expressions also have a great deal to do with how you interpret a candidate and spot job interview lies.

But, what is interview body language?

You must have come across various body language tips floating around the internet. Also, revisit the early experiences of your first-ever job interview. You will recall memories of at least a few people demonstrating the DO’s and DON’Ts of body language in an interview hall.

In a job interview setting, nonverbal messages fall under the same DOs and DON’Ts of body movements. This helps applicants make the best first impression on the evaluators (recruiters, hiring managers, and decision makers—YOU).

3 Obvious signs of lying candidates 

There are several non-verbal communication cues that are associated with lying. For example, avoidance of eye contact, fiddling, restless foot, and leg movements, changes in body posture, and so on. (Vrij, 2000, 2008; The Global Deception Research Team, 2006).

Three common signs of lying are:  

  • Face: Micro-expressions, Tongue, Eyes
  • Hands: Placement, Gesture timing, Palm Positioning
  • Feet: Distribution of weight, Movements, Direction of feet, Ankle lock

To learn the signs of lying candidates in a job interview, read our blog ‘3 Interview Body Language Tips: Helps You Ace The Job Interview!’. 

3 PMaps tools that detect job interview lying 

Three common signs of lying are: 

  • Proctoring: Proctoring is the new-day invigilation technology that efficiently reduces the chances of cheating. Educatause reported in April that 54 percent of institutions are using online or remote proctoring, and another 23 percent are considering it. Candidates can be supervised remotely using online proctoring tools, ensuring a cheating-proof evaluation of their skills.

4 Different Proctoring Tools

  • Behavioral Interview Questions (BEI): BEI is a set of questions designed to get a better understanding of a candidate’s behavior at work. Easedown and colleagues found that structured behavioral interviews are more valid when essential job-related behaviors are required. It predicts the potential of employee success for the business.

4 Behavioral Interview Question Types

“The interesting thing about the behavioral interview is that when you ask somebody to speak to their own experience, and you drill into that, you get two kinds of information. One is you get to see how they actually interacted in a real-world situation, and the valuable “meta” information you get about the candidate is a sense of what they consider to be difficult.”
– Google’s Former Senior Vice President of People Operations, Laszlo Bock. (Interview with The New York Times)

Do you know why job interview body language is so important? It is because more often than not, due to the need for positive self-presentation, people prepare and perfect verbal responses. The only way left for recruiters to genuinely assess a good fit is by studying their nonverbal cues in body language.

Know more about the science behind the signs of lying candidates in our recent, detailed ‘Job Interview Body Language’ blog.