As a job seeker, would you like to have the ability to expertly communicate with prospective employers? If so, here’s some great news: you can! Becoming a skilled communicator is entirely within your reach. No matter if you are outgoing, shy, introverted, or extraverted, you can become a communicator who is magnetic, personable yet assertive, and persuasive without being pushy.
3 Ways to Expertly Communicate with Prospective Employers
If you are on the hunt for a job, you probably don’t have a lot time to devote to learning a whole new style of communication before your next interview. What you need to make a lasting impression on your interviewers are a few tips that will help you quickly upgrade your communication skills. There are many ways to do this; here are three:
1) Before you respond, think – When a potential employer asks you a question, whether online or in person, do you scramble to formulate a brilliant answer immediately? This isn’t a good idea. Give yourself some time to think before you respond. This is easy to do with online communications, but difficult in an interview setting. When you are being interviewed, it’s important to not let your nerves take over and force you to talk rapidly and give answers that seem canned. You can prevent this by pausing for a few seconds before giving your responses. Be calm, cool, and collected as you are being interviewed. This will help you to give accurate, intelligent responses.
2) Don’t shy away from self-promotion – Job seekers sometimes let quality positions pass through their fingers because they are overly humble. In other words, they aren’t forthcoming about how skilled or experienced they are. These are the people who are too shy to say, “I feel confident that I can do this job well.” Don’t let a fear of arrogance keep you from appropriate self-promotion, especially during a job interview.
3) Listen – Have you ever noticed that when you are having an important conversation, you are primarily thinking about what you need to say? Rarely do people make it a priority to listen. When interviewing or having a phone conversation with a potential employer, don’t seek merely to be understood. Instead, try to understand what is being said to you. This will help you feel less nervous. Also, everyone loves a good listener. As Hannah Morgan, contributor to US News, said, “Practicing good listening skills will help you gain the respect of those you encounter.” This includes potential employers.
Regardless of your personality or work experience, you can become the kind of communicator who employers want to hire. Are you willing to self-promote, listen, and take a few seconds to think before you respond to questions? If so, the right employer will take you off the market sooner than you think.
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