Group discussions, oral interviews are the main stages of hiring process at any organization, where your communication plays a vital role. For many people, face-to-face interviews are main barriers to get selected. Many candidates can cross every other stage of hiring process, pretty easily by exhibiting their subject knowledge; but in the oral interview, they fail to do the same.
Interview stress often haunts the candidates in oral interviews. Under such circumstances, even the most effective speaker turns out to be a poor performer. The candidate loses a good opportunity for the mere reason of not being able to communicate properly, despite having skills. In this article, we will discuss about some useful tips that will help you to make your communication effective during the interviews.
Be a good listener: Listening is very important if you want to be a good communicator. It is rightly said that good listening makes a good speaker. Some people keep on thinking while the interviewer asks questions. Consequently, they do not understand the questions and this makes them unable to answer them. Effective listening makes the other person aware that you are truly interested in listening to the peoples’ concerns and hence makes the interviewer trust you. Further, active listening helps you to answer promptly with much confidence and prevents asking the interviewer to repeat the question.
Be honest in your conversation: Many people fudge on facts and tell something else to be smart before the interviewer. But while doing so, there will be a prominent change in the facial expression which can be recognized by the interviewer. With their immense experience in interviewing people, hiring managers are able to spot the people who are hiding the truth and are getting dishonest in their conversation. This neither helps them in passing the interview phase, nor creates a good impression. Hence, being honest in your words is what is required during the interviews.
Be polite: Neither your response nor your gestures should be communicated in an aggressive manner. Be in a cool and calm state of mind and reflect the same in your speech. This leaves a positive impression on you. Reacting is different from responding. Know the difference between the two and try to speak as politely as you can.
Reply with confidence: There is a very thin line between confidence and overconfidence. At times, the interviewers may ask simple and funny questions. But never ignore them. The intention behind asking such questions is to check the way you answer them. Showing overconfidence at that point of time lands you in troubles. The interviewers will often search for the confidence in the candidate and never encourage overconfident people. So, make sure that you are confident not overconfident.
Following these guidelines helps you make your communication effective. Practice these things prior to attending an interview to boost your confidence levels.