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Welcome to the Working World! Interview Tips for New Graduates

 

Man and woman shaking handsYou’ve finally graduated, and you’re ready to enter the professional world and get your career started. But are you really ready? You might have the knowledge and skills, but if you can’t represent yourself well in an interview, you may be passed over for your dream job. How can you stand out from the flood of new graduates entering the professional world? Take a look at our communication tips and strategies for young professionals entering the working world:

  1. Watch Your Tone: Upspeak—the habit of continually raising your tone at the end of a sentence like you’re asking a question—is a common problem among young adults. This speech pattern can make you seem inexperienced and unsure of yourself. Take care to monitor your tone when you speak to sound professional and authoritative.
  2. Keep It Crisp: Crisp, clear speech is an essential part of professional communication. Mumbling or running your words together will make you seem lazy and inarticulate. Take care to pronounce all of the sounds of each word, particularly the consonants at the ends of words.
  3. Cut Out Slang: Many phrases and words which seem natural may be completely inappropriate for the workplace. This can be a particular problem for young professionals or recent graduates new to the working world. Take some time to take stock of your vocabulary and see which slang words and phrases you use most often.
  4. Nix Fillers: Fillers are words and phrases that are inserted into speech, but have no content. Some of the most common examples are “um,” “uh,” “like,” “you know,” and “right?” Using too many fillers will make you sound unprofessional and unsure of your speech.

Do you want to take your communication to the next level? Give us a call and see how Corporate Speech Solutions can improve your professional life! Call us at 212-308-7725 or send us an e-mail at info@corporatespeechsolutions.com to learn more. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

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