By Brenda V.
I have been recently attracted to all social behavior studies, call it in person or online, I did not study a psychology related major but when you have to interact with people pretty often you tend to get interested in these subjects. As a recruiter knowing how to see what people are “not saying” can help you in making a much more efficient decision, this doesn’t mean - that you will know when people are lying - but that you will know when to find yellow flags and make more inquiries about it.
Just like when they say about people talking to you, and rolling their eyes to the right means they are making things up and when they roll them to the left they are remembering something, or if they are looking away from you while talking they are not being truthful. I don’t honestly paid attention to it, mainly because I can never tell my right from my left!, but the important thing is, everyone is different and lately there has been a great deal of studies mentioning that eye contact is not a sign of people telling lies.
On an article from Psychological Science “Reading between the Lies: Identifying Concealed and Falsified Emotions in Universal Facial Expressions,” it mentions that our faces reveal four universal emotions: happiness, sadness, disgust and fear; Adds Dr. Porter: “If someone is telling a really important lie in which the consequences are dire, say life imprisonment, the lie will be revealed anyway. Because unlike body language, you can’t monitor or completely control what’s going on your face. This research was the first detailed experimental demonstration of the secrets revealed when people put on a “false face,” faking or inhibiting various universal emotions.”
Knowing the basics on how we as humans have developed forms to create masks to protect us from our surroundings is a very vast and complete subject itself, and just by knowing some of it we can use it in our everyday lives… not just as recruiters trying to find the perfect candidate, but as salesman’s trying to get that deal or even a businessman trying to network.
Here at Sieena our candidates have to go through several interviews, exams and technical tests before being considered for any internal position. Since our clients are US based they are always looking for the best possible talent in the market to help them cover their business needs, therefore we proud ourselves of improving our talent acquisition method to fulfill our client’s expertise expectations.
Dalhousie University (2008, April 24). Lying? The Face Betrays Deceiver's True Emotions, But In Unexpected Ways. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 13, 2009