How to Communicate Effectively in a Job Interview

How to Communicate Effectively in a Job Interview


By an eHow Contributor


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Communicate Effectively in a Job Interview

Being able to effectively communicate is a skill that enhances many areas in life. In a job interview, clear communication is of the utmost importance, as employers are looking for people who can seamlessly fit into an existing setting and perform well under pressure.




  1. Practice Your Communication Skills

    • 1 Spend an hour ahead of time listing positive traits about yourself. Highlight some of these attributes in your interview.
    • 2 Conduct a mock interview with a friend or business associate and evaluate your communication skills. If there are topics that your interviewee didn’t fully understand, work on ways to make them clearer for your real interview.
    • 3 Speak while looking in a mirror. Pay attention to any nervous habits, such as excessive hand movement, poor eye contact or awkward long pauses.

    Communicate Effectively and Confidently During Your Interview

    • 4 Be a great listener. This will help you understand exactly what you are being asked and how you should answer.
    • 5 Show poise at all times by taking your time before you answer. A short pause won’t make a bad impression as long as it is used to gather your thoughts for a clear and concise answer.
    • 6 Avoid long, run-on answers by asking for clarification if you don’t understand a certain question.
    • 7 Tell the truth. If your information in an interview is not consistent with your resume, you will not likely be offered a job. The easiest way to communicate effectively and truthfully is to emphasize your strong points.

    Evaluate Your Performance

    • 8 Confirm that your interviewer has received all the answers that he/she needs to know.
    • 9 Ask a few questions of your own at the end of a job interview to show that you are just as interested in the position as the interviewee is in hiring you.
    • 10 Leave your contact information so that potential employers can contact you if they have any follow-up questions.

Tips & Warnings

  •  Don’t be nervous. The number one reason most people say that they “fail” at job interviews is because of nerves. Keep in mind that no matter how good you are in an interview, there are outside factors that have nothing to do with you that may still prevent you from getting the job. Just take a deep breath and be yourself.
  •  Online job search services often contain helpful interview advice, as well as active job leads.

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