“You can have a brilliant idea but if you can’t get them across, Your ideas won’t get you anywhere” – Lee Iacocca.
Most successful people in the world have one trait in common. The ability to communicate effectively. Research says that almost 85% of an individual’s success depends on their communication skills. Interestingly it is also the most dreadful skill. Stage fear is common even among the most influential speakers.
Practice is the key.
Most interviewers struggle to find a balanced combination of domain knowledge and communication skills. It is a common perception among candidates from core expertise domains like IT or mechanical that communication skills aren’t that important to them. Perhaps, they fail to recognize the intrinsic fact that more or less every role at some point would require to communicate and coordinate with people and that is where the act of articulation will come in the forefront.
An interview process is all about expression, about enabling the recruiter to get acquainted with your skills. The better you are at articulating yourself, your achievements, your experience, you are fit for the role. The better are your chances for selection. People mug up different books, burn the midnight oil to research about the company profile failing to realize the entire quest for knowledge. And all endeavors could be in vain if they don’t have satisfactory communication skills.
Nonverbal communication skills are also necessary to crack an interview. A good candidate demonstrates confidence. One should make eye contact with the employer and a firm handshake can mark a great beginning to an interview. Listening skills are one of the major parts of good communication. One must be patiently absorbing the signals and indirect information that a recruiter might be exhibiting to keep up with the line of thought he is trying to build on.
Using inappropriate language or slang is a big no-no. An interview is a formal process of evaluating a candidate and hence important to gauge the selection of words properly. One must refrain from making any personal remarks and abstain from getting into hot button issues like religion, politics. Confidence is important, but overconfidence or aggression can be a deal breaker. One should modestly put forward their achievements. Appearing desperate is also not advisable. It showcases that one is not sure about their capabilities.
As the interview approaches the end, the recruiter will allow you to ask questions. Putting forward well prepared and substantial questions will leave the recruiter with the impression that you are genuinely interested in the role and the company profile and suitable for the employment opportunity. It will always be a great opportunity for you to understand whether this is the kind of workplace you would want to work with or not.
After your interview is done, don’t bug them with a series of emails asking them for the status. One can drop a thank you email and wait for them to come back. No company is going to lose out on a good and potential employee. Just give your best and relax. Things will fall in to place for the best.
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