You’ve updated your resume and pressed your best ‘hire-me’ suit. You’re ready to tackle the search for a new job.
Or are you?
Did you brush up on your conversation skills?
Multiple surveys and statistics show us that almost 90% of our overall success in life can be linked directly back to our communication skills.
And when it comes to looking for a new job, your communication skills before, during, and after the interview are vital to your success.
Before the Interview
Your resume looks great, and the recruiter has left a voicemail message. They want to do a phone interview. Are you ready?
Luck is just being fully prepared for an opportunity, and preparation can help you ace your phone interview.
- Do you homework on the company and learn a little about them. By doing so, you’ll be able to answer questions put to you with greater confidence and overall ease – an essential communication skill.
- Make a list of questions you want to ask the recruiter. It will help you keep focus and stay on track during the process.
- And finally, having a printed copy of your resume can be an excellent conversation aid. It can help you remember key points when you’re asked to provide specific examples.
During the Interview
Once you’re in a face-to-face interview, communication skills can make or break your candidacy for the position. To maximize on good conversation skills, be sure to
Don’t put too much effort on what you plan to say next. Instead, listen to everything the interviewer is saying and offer a relevant response. It will demonstrate you’ve heard what they’ve been saying and understand their message.
“Us” and “We”
By using words such as “us,” “we,” and “our” you’ll be encouraging the interviewer to consider you an active member of their team. It’s an easy way to begin building a bond, and that can put you one step closer to landing the job.
When you speak, be sure to let the interviewer know you’re interested in being there and eager to hear what they have to say. By letting them know you are excited to be at the interview, you’ll be gently nudging up how they feel about you in the position. Enthusiasm in any conversation is always more enjoyable to be around than someone who seems disinterested.
After the Interview
Following up after the interview is a must-do for anyone sincerely interested in getting the job. But what should you say? While each person and each situation are unique, a general rule of thumb is to express the following after an interview:
- Your enthusiasm for the role you’ve interviewed for;
- Your appreciation for the opportunity to learn more about the company; and
- Your appreciation for the interviewer’s time and interest.
Are you still in need a little interview prep?
Talk to one of the staffing specialists at PrideStaff today. Are you just beginning your job search? Contact the PrideStaff office in your area today to find great local employment opportunities.