So, you’ve been applying for positions and finally land an interview. This is where you are advised to proceed with caution. Because now is the time to sell yourself, so you need to know what to say, and how to say it. Public speaking can be a nightmare for many of us, but an interview is different altogether. It is usually done in a one-on-one, private setting. The more you can get to the point of the questions asked, the more forceful you will come across during the interview. The bottom line is not to clutter your answers with unnecessary information, or the interviewer may you tune out. Improvement starts with making yourself aware. Make eye contact when you talk to the interviewer, this will help you appear more relaxed and confident. Appreciate the person you are speaking to, because they took time out to talk with you. Know that overall, it’s not about you but whether you are a good fit for the company.
Here are a five tips to help you along the way:
1- Practice speaking out loud; the more you do it, the easier it gets.
2- Think before you speak; organize your thoughts.
3- Project your voice so the interviewer can comfortably hear you.
4- Speak with confidence.
5- Believe in yourself and in what you are saying.
Improving your verbal communication skills requires constant awareness, intentional effort, and the desire to improve. How you communicate with others verbally plays a defining role in both your personal and professional life. Learning to speak with authority and confidence will make you more successful in the workplace. Also, realize that your body language can have an effect on how your verbal communication is interpreted. Your nonverbal actions can detract from the effectiveness of your words. Stay in control of your body language to ensure your words are assessed positively and correctly. Realize that your actions or responses during an interview can either make you or break you.
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