Talk Effectively at Job Interviews
Because the job interview is a communication process, your skills will become more polished over time. Remembering the following is helpful:
- Speak clearly and enthusiastically about your experience and skills.
- Be professional, but do not be afraid to let your personality shine through.
- Be yourself.
- Listen carefully. You will want to remember what you learn about the job and you will certainly want to answer the questions that they asked.
- Be positive. Employers do not want yo hear a litany of excuses or bad feelings about a negative experience. If they ask you about a low grade, a sudden job change or a weakness in your background, do not be defensive. Focus instead on the facts (briefly) and what you learned from the experience.
- Pay attention to your nonverbal behaviour.
- Look the interviewer in the eye.
- Sit up straight with both feet on the floor, control nervous habits (cracking knuckles, drumming fingers, etc.) and smile as they greet you.
Do not be afraid of short pauses. You may need a few seconds to formulate an answer. The interviewer may need time to formulate an appropriate question. Filling every second with conversation is not necessary.
Always ask questions because this demonstrates your prior research and interest in the job, except questions about salary or benefits unless the interviewer broaches the subject first
Do not volunteer information that the interviewer doesn't ask for
Other How-To Talk Effectively Info
Hopefully, you received an invitation to a job interview. So, now you need:
- Look at job interview tips and other job interview skills,
- Dress appropriately as suggested in the international dress code,
- Check the job interview tips dos and don'ts,
- Find out why people are not being hired.
Follow up your job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.
Talk effectively and good luck with the job interview!