Learning how to communicate with all types of people will help you in every situation in life. We are constantly communicating with others, and it is going to be extremely beneficial for you to learn good communication skills to help you during the interview process.
1. Managing Nerves
We all get nervous about certain things. Interviews are a situation that make some nervous. However, there are ways to manage your nerves. Exercise is a great way to manage your nerves. It allows you to clear you mind. If you are feeling nervous before an interview, you could take a stroll to help calm any nerves you may be having. Additionally, food you eat matters. Making sure you fuel your body with the right types of foods is essential. Eating a great breakfast or just a nutritious meal is a good idea to have before an interview, so that you have energy. This is all beneficial in preparing for an interview that you are feeling nervous about.
2. Active Listening
Every conversation requires active listening from both people. Be attentive to the individual who is interviewing you because that will show that you are interested in what they are saying and really care about the position. Asking questions based on information you receive is crucial, it shows that you are more curious about the company. Your overall body language plays a huge role in interviewing as well. Good eye contact and great listening skills, this will reassure the interviewer that you value the opportunity.
3. Asking Questions
During an interview it is important to actively listen, and part of active listening is asking questions about information mentioned or given during an interview. Asking questions allows you to get clarification on anything that you may be confused about, learn more about the company and role, and show that you have a genuine interest in the company.
4. Thank Interviewers for Their Time
It is important to send a thank-you letter within 24 hours after the interview. Within the letter make sure you reiterate your interview date and time as well as your overall interest in the position. If you receive an offer, be timely with the acknowledgement of the offer and express your appreciation for the offer. If you choose to accept the job, you will write a letter of acceptance. If you choose to decline the offer, you should offer a brief explanation of why you chose to decline, while still expressing your appreciation for the employer’s time and consideration.
If you would like to learn more about communication surrounding job offers, check out the CCO handbook!