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Effective Interview Communication Tips

Four effective Interview communication tips that will help you land the job!

Have you ever been a part of a presentation where the speaker communicated with low volume and no energy? If so, I’m sure you are fully aware of how painful it is to stay awake and pay attention to the presenter. Hiring managers deal with the same thing during interviews. Although interviews are a bit more interactive, a dull attitude can be off-putting and in the end, lead to not being hired. The following article will cover helpful interview communication tips that will help you land the job.

1. Tone

Tone encompasses both your voice and body language. The moment you get to your interview location you should be shining with energy and enthusiasm. Show everyone your excitement. Even if the job isn’t your ideal landing spot, this is an opportunity to better yourself and your resume. Bring a positive attitude; every step that you take is a step towards your future goals. Our best tip would be to read the building. When you walk in, take note of how their employees interact and the kind of energy the hiring manager brings to the table. You want to try and replicate the culture a bit so that you seem like a better fit to the organization. Things to avoide:

a. Slouching
b. Hanging your head
c. Mumbling
d. Sarcasm
e. Negative comments

2. Speaking

When communicating with the interviewer/s, your speaking needs to be professional. Take yourself back to your speech class in college and try to recall everything your professor would grade you on. Volume, language, filler words, vocabulary. You want a strong combination of these attributes when talking. You want to be heard, but not loud. Project your voice appropriately so that the interviewer catches everything you are saying. Be aware of the vocabulary you are using. Watch your language; you don’t want to use expletive words in a professional setting. Being respectful is key. Use “yes sir/ma’am”, or “Mr, Mrs. Last Name”. A key for a strong interview is to create conversation. You don’t want to sound like a robot who’s only vomiting answers in response to questions asked. Making a connection with the interviewer will give you brownie points during the final decision. The best thing you can do before an interview is to practice. To see more tips on preparing for an interview, click here.

3. Eye contact

Staring into people’s eyes can seem romantic, while avoiding eye contact can make it look like you lack confidence. The way we use our eyes can tell a lot about a person. At times, improper eye contact can be awkward. In a business setting, your eye contact is just as important as body language and tone of voice. The rule of thumb is to create a triangle on a person’s face and to look at the middle of the triangle. This triangle is usually formed depending on the type of person you are speaking to. In a professional setting, you want to have the bottom line of the triangle at the base of their eyes and the top of the triangle in the middle of their forehead. Keep this in mind when communicating with your interviewer.

4. Questions

A good way to keep the conversation going and to make a connection with the Interviewer is to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the interview. Asking for clarity or examples can help you formulate or stall for time to form better answers. Sometimes there’s more behind the questions that are being asked. Listen intently throughout the interview so that you can pick up on key details that are important to the hiring manager.

When answering questions, find a way to relate back to yourself and your experiences. You are looking to both separate yourself from the competition while proving you are perfect for the job. One way to show you are a good fit is by showing how interested you are in the company. Do your research and ask engaging questions at the end of the interview. For example:

• In terms of this role – what is keeping you up at night?
• What issues are you having with product delivery?
• What issues are you having with sales results?
• What issues are you having with Product Quality?
• What issue are you having with account reconciliation? 
• What are the success factors for this role? i.e. What will I need to achieve so you know I have been a great hire?

These questions are used to help you demonstrate how you can create value for the business. You can find out their needs and respond with how you can fulfill them.

5. (Bonus) humor

Being humorous during an interview can either be a hit or miss. You want to make sure that it flows with the interview. You definitely shouldn’t interrupt the interview to tell a joke. You want to show that you can be a positive humorous person in the workplace. Nobody likes a boring, unmotivated coworker.

Humor is entirely dependent on the person. What you find funny may not be funny to another person. It may be best to let the interviewer start with the jokes to see what they find funny and roll with it. Nothing is worse than finding yourself in an awkward situation where something you thought was funny actually turned out to be either offensive or inappropriate. Humor should come with the stories you tell where it’s both appropriate and relevant.

We hope you like these communication tips and they help you perform well during interviews. What do you think? Let us know your tips.

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