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5 Effective Communication Skills to Excel At Job Interviews
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5 Effective Communication Skills to Excel At Job Interviews

Nov 22, 2021
5 min

Group discussion at a job interview

Communication skills are similar to your waking-up hairstyle, you can't plan them beforehand but have to live with what’s present to you. No, we don’t really mean it (we do!) They are a great advantage to your professional as well as personal life.

'Job Outlook', a research by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), shows that the majority of today’s employers rate verbal communication as the most important professional skill, followed by a strong work ethic, teamwork skills, analytical skills, and initiative.

Such skills of greeting someone with a “Hi” or keeping pace with a high-stake negotiation enable you to explore the wide advantages of conversations and even leverage them to your benefit. So, how does one start?

Well, we stumbled upon the same question and have finally made a checklist of the top tips given by experts on how to enhance your communication skills. Let's explore them.

Ways to Improve your communication skills in preparation for your interview

1. Develop an "intelligence" system

Research this company, its employees, its specific activities, and its mission before leaving for an interview. Many employers are pleased to know that their candidates are familiar with the firm's operations and are willing to share their future vision. Additionally, try to understand the leader's character, character traits, and communication style.

If you understand these subtleties, you'll indeed find a common language with your boss, and you'll be more likely to land the job of your dreams. Many popular universities including UCL, University of Sheffield, and Leicester University allows students to take part in online vocational courses. Such courses enable students to explore basic communication tid-bits and help them nurture lifelong vocabulary skills.

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2. Preparation of answers to "standard" questions

As it turns out, most executives ask the same questions during interviews. Despite this, many job seekers treat these questions as "primitive" and answer them without thinking. It is widespread for such "would-be employees" to receive a response at the end of an interview: "I will call you back... but I can't guarantee that."

Ask yourself a few questions before the interview, such as: " about yourself" or "plans for the future?" or "why are you interested in working with that specific company?" these will provide you with valuable information. Therefore, it is vital to find the most common interview questions online, study them carefully, and prepare answers in advance so that you will be fully equipped.

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When asked, "what are your plans for the future?" do not answer that you want to make more money and start your own business. Employers are not particularly interested in such answers. Perhaps instead, you would like to develop some innovative ideas or strategies that will help your company expand internationally in the future.

3. Smile and make eye contact

Some hiring managers genuinely believe that if new hires avoid eye contact and look at the floor and ceiling constantly, they cannot be trusted to do responsible work and be empowered. Another group of recruiters believes candidates should not be afraid to smile and even to joke a little- as it gives them a sense of comfort and trutheness.

Yet, many claim that overly serious people with "stony" and imperturbable expressions often exhibit an uncontrollable sense of responsibility in performing their duties. In this case, they can work 24/7 and demand that their subordinates do the same.

4. Keep a calm and confident attitude

A prospective employee's excessive anxiety and uncontrollable excitement during the interview prevent them from showing their best side to management. An interview can be halted in just a few minutes when slurred speech, trembling voice, or constant "sorry, sorry" are used.

However, what are the next steps? What are the steps to use your emotions to the best effect? Think about this simple question: What if you fail the interview? Does the world end then? Are your friends and family going to abandon you? Obviously Not!

Therefore, you should treat the interview with restraint and without unnecessary emotions. In addition, you will not require further beyond what is expected of you in this conversation with the company's management.

5. Be proactive in taking the lead

The average duration of an interview is about 30 minutes, and rarely - an hour or so. In all this time, not only will you be asked questions, but you will also have to ask questions. You should carefully monitor the leader's phrases, so you know when to start asking questions. For example, after the remarks " well, it seems we don't have any more questions" or " generally, all of the information that we need has been provided," you can safely begin asking for information.

It is okay to ask about salary, bonuses, vacation, working conditions, business trips, and sick leave if you are interested. The manager appreciates questions from employees, so you should not be shy about asking them as often as possible. Leaving without asking a single question will be a much more saddening experience.