How to improve your communication skills?
Communication is a part of our daily lives. It is one of the most basic skills needed in life, and the most important during an interview. You can have the perfect resume and credentials, but if you are unable to communicate properly during your interview, you still won’t be hired.
Research by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) called Job Outlook 2011, in which employers were asked to rate the importance of certain skills/qualities when hiring job candidates, shows verbal communication as the most important one, followed by a strong work ethic, teamwork skills, analytical skills, and initiative.
With the results of the research showing that employers deem verbal communication as the most important skill in their hiring criteria, it is essential for applicants to practice and improve their communication skills. Here are some ways you can improve your communication skills in preparation for your interview:
What to do before the interview?
- Read good English books, professional journals, etc.
- Refer the English dictionary on a regular basis
- Try to communicate with friends and near and dear ones in English.
What to do during the interview?
• Talk slowly
When anxiety or nervousness takes over during an interview, you tend to lose control, resulting in speaking faster than necessary and giving poor answers. Answer questions with the right pace and a calm mind.
Talking fast not only ruins the communication between you and the interviewer, but it may also be interpreted as you having to be somewhere else more important than the interview. You should treat your interview in the same way you would approach the girl of your dreams.
• Details, Details, Details
Almost everyone includes attention to detail as one of their strengths, but if you really pay attention to details, you will not stay unemployed long. Seeing details in the interview process helps a lot during the conversation.
By paying attention to small details, you can start a good conversation, like when you notice what the interviewer likes to collect or where he or she likes to go on vacation.
Do not be afraid to assert yourself during the interview, with respect to the boundaries of an applicant and interviewer. Speaking assertively proves that you do not doubt your ability to do the job. This will help you get your message across.
• Word Usage
Communication involves a lot of factors, such as how you speak, your body language, and the words you use. Practicing which words to use to convey the message you want will help give you a smoother interview. Continue to develop your vocabulary to help you express yourself more easily.
• Asking the Right Questions
Asking questions gives you control of the flow of the interview. Prepare questions in advance that will help you know whether you want to work at the company.
• Keep it Concise
When you answer, keep your responses fairly short. Avoid giving long answers that lessen the effectiveness of your answers; only give answers long enough to prove your point.
Communication not only involves you speaking—it’s also expected that you know how to listen. Listening will enable you to ask the right questions and give the right answers.
Communication is an integral part of the interview process. The ability to communicate is among the top considerations of employers in hiring potential employees. If you want to be hired, prepare for your interview, improve your communication skills, and do your best!