We all, from time to time, have used the line “I have exceptional communication skills” but we have not made in depth meaning to this line. Communication both oral and written is most crucial for any job seeker no matter the career field. To successfully go through that interview or get that promotion, you need to present yourself in a way that out smarts the rest of your competition. The new world order requires you to have new skilful approaches that are in demand globally to make you stand out from the rest of the competition. Here are some useful tips you need to use that will give you an upper hand for your career:
Ask the Right Question: During conversation whether it’s between your bosses or in that interview room, you need to focus on the purpose of the question so that so that you can reach a reasonable answer. For example, when posed with the question why do you think this is the best job fit for you? You need to search as to why this has been posed to you. The interviewer wants to know, what is it that YOU have that could add value to this job position, what makes you different from the rest or how can you use what you have to purposefully fit this position with your skill set. Don’t rush, always take your time and think about the question at hand. Reading between the lines during conversation will give a direct link to the answer the interviewer is searching for.
Keep It Conversational: A good communicator knows well that showing interest to the conversation is a plus. This has to do with body language but also the depiction of interest to the topics that may be brought to attention during the conversation or interaction. Repeating the last words of the other party could be a good start. This may sound like you are parroting but instead it will give the back and forth. A good one such as “If I get you right, you believe that the employment gap is as a result of the shift in recruiting strategies?!” This makes you even more relaxed because you are engaging and actually gives a good impression. On the other hand, it is a good trick up your sleeve just in case something is mentioned and you are not 100% knowledgeable on the topic.
Switch up roles: When we talk about “switching roles” we are talking about taking control of the conversation. Everyone gets nervous on a first ‘halo’, what to say or how much to say. But we are identifying that indeed you can use ‘small talk’ to build a conversation from nothing to something substantial. During a networking event small talk can be a means to an end. Bring up topics such as occupation, family or recreation could help you get to know the other party. This will open doors to trust and create a space of comfort. You could end up being the leader in the conversation and structure it to where you want it to go. A nice little trick this one!
No matter your role in conversation whether an interviewer or interviewee, these skill sets will produce tremendous results. It will give a strong and conscience impression of that you can bring to the table. Go ahead and practice some of these tips, but be careful not to stretch the ideas otherwise, anything overly done could become a disaster.