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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.

5 Things you should do to prepare for an interview

5 Things you should do to prepare for an interview

Job interviews can be nerve-wrecking. You may start asking yourself, “Am I the perfect candidate? Do I even qualify? What kind of people are they looking for?” Being uncertain of the employer’s expectations can make you question if you are ready for the interview. We’re going to help you out. As a Staffing Firm, we are familiar with the interview process. We constantly see simple mistakes being made before the interview even happens. Here are 5 things you should do to prepare for an interview.

1. Research the Company

Even before you apply to a company, is to research it. Gain as much information as possible about the company in order to prepare yourself for the interview. Go on their website. Look for their mission statement. Find out what their goals are. You want to spend time on Google looking for recent articles concerning the business as well. Do so may lead you to recent events where the company may have sponsored something or took part in a special occasion. This type of news could lead to some interesting conversations with the interviewer.

Some common questions interviewers ask are:

  • "What about our company peaked your interest?"
  • "What Skills do you have do you feel could add value to our company?"
  • "Are you aware of our current goals/mission?"

You want to be as prepared as possible for these types of questions. Interviewers like seeing candidates who have shown interest in their business. You could also research the interviewer themselves. Sometimes creating a personal_____ It gives you a chance to turn around and ask them questions about their business.

2. Ask yourself, what value do you bring to the business?

After researching the firm, you may have found what kind of challenges the business may be having. We propose a solution. Show the company the kind of value you bring to the table by presenting them your skillsets. An important key when going through the interview process is selling yourself. Using this information will help you look like a long-term asset.

Relate your skills to the job description and the company’s needs. Become completely confident in the skills you choose to present yourself with. Your resume provides the interviewer with a set of expectations. When presenting a solution, be sure that you can actually convert on it. Show them valuable numbers. Quantify your previous work, whether it is showing off the kind of profits you contributed to, or how your work was able to cut costs. Positive numbers will show proof of your value and will give you an advantage when interviewing for a position.

3. Print out a copy of your resume

When going to the interview, print out at least 3 copies of your resume. One for yourself, and two to share with your interviewer(s). Make sure your resume is both updated and relevant to the job you are applying for.

Your resume will be an outline for the interview. You can use it as a guide for when you are questioned. We recommend following our free resume guide. This template/guide has some helpful tips and recommendations from our recruiters.

4. Dress for Success

Too often do we see candidates go to an interview dressed inappropriately and unkempt. Get a haircut and put on your best suit. Shave off or shape up your beard. A clean look will give you an upper hand. Since it’s your first time interacting with the employer, you want to give off an excellent first impression. Not only should you wear the proper clothing, you should be wearing the proper expression. Look excited and wear a smile on your face. Show the interviewer you are excited for the opportunity and that you have a positive and approachable attitude.

5. Practice, practice, practice

Take the time to practice! Now you may be asking, how can you possibly practice an interview? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Look up common questions that similar companies ask. Try answering them yourself. As you are answering these questions, try to be as creative as possible. Write down the first answer that comes to mind and then rewrite them. There’s a chance that the interviewer will be talking with other candidates. Establish yourself as a problem solver driving a memorable conversation.

Expert advice: Glassdoor and LinkedIn provide information for past candidates interviews including questions and tips on interview style. Take advantage of these posts to get a head start of the interview.

Make sure you practice your elevator pitch. Can you present yourself as a quality candidate in 30 seconds or less? For tips on how to create an elevator pitch, check out this link here.

There you have it, Engenium’s guide to the essential 5 tips to do before your interview. As a quick recap:

  1. Research the business you are interviewing for.
  2. Establish yourself as a problem solver and a value to the company.
  3. Bring at least 3 copies of your resume.
  4. Dress for success!
  5. Practice answering common questions for your upcoming interview.

Follow these steps before your interview, we are certain that you will be well prepared. Go in with confidence, with these tips you are already ahead of the game.

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