Acquiring and deploying effective communication skills is imperative for your success during and after an interview session. Positive communication will certainly increase the opportunities you meet in your career and business. Great all-round communication skills enable you to get ahead in certain areas where others who are less assertive may not succeed.
Now, it is important to know that getting the right job and keeping it requires excellent communication skills.
There are three types of communication skills:
- Verbal Communication
- Non-Verbal Communication
- Written Communication.
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- Verbal Communication: This is a vocal expression of thoughts, but is usually understood by the tone of voice and body language; hence these two factors convey the message in verbal communication. In addition, one of the most important aspects of verbal communication is the ability to practice active listening. This is not just actively waiting to talk. It is always making mental notes of key points during an interview to help your response convey the right answers.
- Non-Verbal Communication: This begins with total physical appearance, dressing, body gestures and mannerisms. You may verbalize your thoughts, but an interviewer can decipher confidence or timidity from body movements and mannerisms. Interviewers can tell if you are saying the truth or not from non-verbal communication mechanism. And this will surely indicate if you’re giving an honest answer or not.
- Written Communication: This is used in interview sessions to see how creative your writing can be, how skilled in corporate correspondence and email writing you are. Even a personality test is a written communication that makes the interviewers know how to place you for various job roles/positions.
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A few things to keep your mind on while in an interview:
- Body Language:
Do not shy away from the person with whom you are speaking. Be sure to maintain a relaxed posture, whether you are the one speaking or listening, do not excessively gesticulate or throw your hands all over in a bid to explain yourself. Keep your bags beside you, hands on your laps, clasped, never crossing your arms, if in motion, must not be higher than your shoulder level.
- Making Eye Contact:
Nodding occasionally to acknowledge a strong point in the conversation, sitting or standing erect, with eyes making direct contact with interviewers, to build trust; occasionally look away then return focus to your interviewers, never looking down! This is one aspect of interview readiness that I’ve continually corrected job seekers when I was a private school administrator, and they fail woefully in such regard. as non-conformance means you are not sure or confident of the information you divulge during an interview session.
- Concise Speech and Attentiveness:
When speaking, you need to be clear and concise. Speak on important matters directly and do not waste time with long stories; that will make the interview session becomes bored and eventually you give answers that are out-of-point from the questions thrown at you.
Culled from Nairaland