Body language can expose deception. Close observation of body language can indicate that someone is hiding something. Be careful about interpreting every action as a lie. A number of factors, including stress and insecurity, will cause suspicious body language. When there are multiple indications of deception in a person’s body language, however, further investigation may be warranted.
We all communicate with our hands. We can even communicate deception without knowing what we are doing. Several movements can indicate someone is hiding something.
We have already mentioned smiling. A forced smile does not reach the eyes. Alone, a forced smile can simply indicate that someone is trying to be polite. Always pay close attention when other deceptive movement clusters accompany a forced smile, as they can add additional proof that a person could be lying.
The eyes are called the “windows to the soul.” The eyes continually communicate feelings. A person’s eye contact can betray that he or she is being deceptive.
Posture can easily signal when a person is being deceptive. Lying will cause someone to focus more on his or her body language. This can cause people to exercise too much control or shift posture.
Susan has to choose between two qualified candidates to run the new office for DEF Corporation. Both have the experience and skills necessary. Susan needs to give the job to someone she can trust because they will be working closely together. She knows from experience that it is possible for people to pass an interview with flying colors by being less than honest. She has regretted more than one hiring decision. To prepare, she brushed up on her body language.
In the first interview, she noted that the candidate looked forward without moving her eyes when asked about her relationships with her coworkers. Additionally, the tone of her voice did not match the closed body language. The second candidate matched her body language with her tone. She also had an open smile when answering questions about her past interpersonal relationships.