Effective communication skill is one of the most powerful tools you need to master as a professional and an individual. A perfect CV is not sufficient if you do not know how to send across a clear message to the recruiter properly. A 2018 study by Job outlook shows that 95.9% of employers consider oral/written communication as an essential skill they look for in a job candidate.
Verbal and nonverbal are two well-known types of communication. Most recruiters can assess if a candidate is nervous or does not feel confident through non-verbal cues.
It’s true that a job interview can be nerve-wracking. Especially if it is your first time. But there are ways to improve your communication skill.
5 ways to improve your communication skills
Maintain eye contact
Eye contact shows your attentiveness to receiving information and your interest level in the conversation. It is a simple yet powerful technique to know how the other person feels. For example, wandering around the room or looking down at your shoes may signify anxiety.
If eye contact does not make you feel comfortable, simply look at the nose bridge of the other person. They will not notice this. But make sure you are doing the next action.
Listen, pay full attention
Communication is not just about your ability to articulate your thoughts. Listening plays a big role in effectively communicating a message. In fact, 45% of our time is spent on this skill alone.
Listening enables you to answer interview questions. More importantly, it helps you ask the right questions to show your interest on the role you are applying for. This leaves a good impression on the recruiter as it shows your attentiveness – a crucial skill in any job.
Choose the right words
You do not need to use complicated words to impress a recruiter. The recruiter will be more interested to hear terminologies and familiar phrases relating to your field of expertise.
Choose polite words to say. Make sure you do not get too comfortable even when the recruiter displays a laid-back tone. And remember, it is always better to use simple words than complex ones. What matters is you are communicating a message with clarity.
Speak slowly and with clarity
It is normal to feel nervous before the interview starts. However, not being able to control this emotion gives you the tendency to either talk fast or be awkward. This can also happen despite rehearsing answers right before your interview.
The key to combating your anxiety is to pause for a few seconds and take a deep breath. This also gives you time to collect your thoughts so you won’t stumble over your words. Talking calmly and slowly lets the recruiter understand what you say. Pronounce each word with clarity as there are words that give a different meaning when mispronounced.
Ask the right questions
Most recruiters give you the chance to ask questions during the interview. But if not, there is nothing wrong with clarifying a few points or concerns. Communication is a two-way street. Each party must have a full understanding of the topic at hand.
Be polite when asking questions. Remain cautious of the tone of your voice. In some cases, candidates come off as aggressive or rude because of how they deliver questions.
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