Communication is the most valuable tool we have both within the workplace and in our personal lives. It is the tool by which we tell others how we feel, what our needs are. We use it in every aspect of our daily lives to instruct, to reprimand, to praise. Good communication is a vital aspect of completing a successful interview.
Speaking is the most commonly used means of communicating in our society – but how often do you think about how you communicate? It is important to remember that how we interpret messages can be affected by our life experiences, educational and cultural aspects, personalities, environment, etc. So be clear and concise when answering questions or marketing your skills and abilities at an interview. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification. It is better to ask than make a mistake that could prove costly and result in not being considered for a position
Improving Your Speech
There are a number of factors that could prevent you from achieving a successful interview. These include faulty speech habits, glaring mispronunciations, poor voice projection, fractured grammar, poor diction, personal idiosyncrasies in speech pattern, dropped word endings, garbled sounds, the constant use of certain phrases (‘like’ or ‘do you know what I mean’) and the frequent use of Ahs and Ums.