Methods For Improving Your Job Interview Communication Skills

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Published: 20 Jan 2017      

We all have some variation of that line on our CVs that talks about how we are strong communicators, both verbally and with the written word. What some job hunters don’t realize is that the CV and resulting interview are the first tests of those skills that you will have with your prospective employer.

If you’ve gotten an interview that means your written skills cut the mustard, but failing to communicate well during the interview itself can prevent you from landing the position. After all, the vast majority of jobs will require you to verbally communicate with people throughout your day, especially in the medical profession.

To prevent that from happening, here are a few methods you can use to show your strong talker.

Find the Balance

The first question allows you to set the tone for your speaking style throughout the interview. Be too quiet and you appear meek and unconfident in yourself. Too loud and you may come across as arrogant and overly-forthright. The key is to find a balance. Speak clearly and with enough volume to be heard, without becoming bombastic in your speech. A strong start will stave off the nerves and you should find yourself hitting a rhythm that you can stick to for the rest of the interview shortly thereafter.

Slow Down

A lot of really talented candidates are tripped up by their eagerness to get as much information out there as quickly as possible. Speaking too fast can confound your interviewer and may result in them missing important details that may actually end up being deciding factors. Slow things down and take a second to compose yourself before answering questions. Remember that quality is much more important than quantity in a job interview, so really consider the information that you share, particularly in regards to its relevance, and give a slow and steady response so you are understood.

Make it Conversational

Now before you get too excited, this doesn’t mean that you should try to make the interview an informal chat. There will probably be sprinklings of this throughout, especially from employers who want to know about you, but the main focus is always going to be the job. What we mean by this is that you need to establish a bit of a back and forth with your interviewer. Bluntly answering questions and waiting for the next one may seem like a good idea, but by asking questions of your employer as well you demonstrate that you are engaged in the interview, interested in the role beyond the pay and can actually communicate with others.

Make Eye Contact

Body language is just as important as what comes out of your mouth, so you need to get a handle on that. Eye contact is a must, as this shows you are paying attention when somebody speaks and wish to engage them when you are talking. Avoid shuffling in your seat or fidgeting, as this shows discomfort with the conversation, and also make sure you don’t do anything that may make you appear dishonest, such as covering your mouth when you speak.

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