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While it’s not uncommon for an applicant to be nervous about an interview, interview are not necessarily one sided conversations. Hiring manager and interviewers are often nervous too. For those that have never interviewed before, going through the process can be stressful, and in some cases may cause you to struggle in evaluating the applicant.
Applicants lie. Not all of them lie to a degree that matters. Some simply stretch the truth. Others exaggerate their roles. Those lies are important to know, but they do not necessarily matter. But there are some applicants that simply lie completely, and when they do you could be making a decision based on a false history.
Now, there is a science to lying. People tend to show very specific body language when they lie, and while there are skilled liars out there, chances are those at the interview haven’t practiced beating lie detector tests.
Spotting a Liar
The following represent some of the body language of liars. Keep in mind that it takes years to actually learn how to properly identify liars, so if you see these behaviors it’s not exactly a sign that they’re not telling the truth. But if something sounds way too good to be true and their advantage in the interview is based on that “lie,” it may be something worth investigating further:
- Eyes Don’t Smile – Someone that’s telling you a lie will often force a smile when they talk. If their eyes look neutral, and their cheeks do not appear genuinely stretched, that may be a sign that they’re lying. It may also be a sign that they’re trying to pull off not being nervous, however.
- Closed Off Body Language – Those that are lying tend to close themselves inward. They may also touch their face or cross their arms. They tend not to make many movements or take up as much space.
- Over Convincing – Someone that’s lying may not stop talking while they try to convince you that they did what they say they did. They may keep going and adding unnecessary information or repeating information to try to make sure that you believe them.
- Body Sideways – Some liars also find themselves turning physically away from the person they’re lying to. Eye contact is one tell, but that’s not necessarily the strongest tell. However, liars may actually place their body away from the interviewer, as if they’re trying to hide their tells.
Now, the most important thing to realize about this type of body language is that many people do these things normally. Some of them do them when they are nervous or shy – which is very common at an interview. Others may do them if they’re not in a great mood or generally uncomfortable people. Still others may do these for no reason at all.
The key is to compare it to their normal behaviors. That’s why even if you become a skilled lie detector, you should still ask easy questions that will not result in a lie to really get to know their character before making any judgments.
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