Ok, so we have broken communication down into 2 parts so far (look through my blogs for part 1 and 2), now we are going to put in the final piece.
What We Actually Say Can Mean Nothing
Yes, what responses we are giving in our interview could actually be worthless!
What do I mean by this? Well if you are telling the interviewer all about your skills in a ‘dull’ tone, then they are probably not even really listening to you. Again, picture that boring person who is telling you a great tale or story that has happened. What do you do? You turn off.
In a nutshell, you could be saying; “I am going to go and collect my lottery winnings.” But if you are that boring person (mentioned in part 2), then the person or persons you are talking to don’t give a monkeys. They just want you out of their earshot.
They are bored with you.
Sorry, but that’s how it is.
And that is how it will be within your interview. You need to merge all three of the communication methods I have just gone over within your interview.
At the end of the day the majority of you will have (as mentioned earlier) on your C.V something which says you are a fantastic communicator and/or passionate individual with motivation and enthusiasm.
Get this! If you get an interview, then you are onto a winner because they like you. So what do many of us do? Mess it up.
We sit there mumbling, have no idea what to say, cannot communicate effectively either individually or at different levels.
Yes, you got it.
A great big fat cross against your name.
Where is the passion? Where is the enthusiasm? Where has the excellent communicator gone? Down the ‘swanny’, that’s where. And so have your chances of gaining employment or promotion etc.
Honestly, please practice your communication technique. So what if you look daft talking to yourself. You will also look daft within the interview when they realise that what you have put on your C.V is not worthy of being your toilet roll.
I am actually getting quite angry at this point because I know it is where people fail and I really don’t want any of you to. But, this has to come from within you. You need to get that self-belief and confidence, I know it’s hard but look at the doors that will open up for you.
The opportunities that awaits you. Within my sessions my voice usually gets louder and louder as I really want to get the point across to the learners.
You need to put all of the three parts together so when you are “actually talking/responding” to the interviewer, you are keeping them interested. Otherwise, giving “smash” it interview responses may mean nothing if you don’t have a great tone of voice or positive body language.
So there you have it.
Within an interview, you need to have:
1. Positive body language and facial expressions
2. An enthusiastic voice tone
3. Great responses
Ask family or friends to help you with interview questions (see my book for a variety of popular interview questions) and ask them to give you feedback.
Be honest with yourself. Would YOU hire YOU? Ask yourself if you were the interviewer and you interviewed yourself, would you give yourself the job?
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