Are you a recent graduate entering the job market for the first time? That means it’s time to brush up your interview skills! While your skills and qualifications play a large part in whether you land the job, it’s likely that a number of other candidates with the exact same skill set are also interviewing for the position. Improving your communication skills and representing yourself like a confident professional during your interview can go a long way towards setting yourself apart. Last week we gave three simple tips for using communication to help you ace the interview. Today we wrap up our interview series with three more essential strategies! Ready to get started? Read on!
Cut Out Fillers: Fillers are words and phrases that are inserted into speech, but have no content like, “um,” “uh,” “like,” and “you know.” Using too many fillers will make you sound unprofessional, lacking confidence and unsure of your speech.
Don’t Rush: Many people speak more quickly than usual when they’re nervous, which is often the case during a job interview. Rushing your speech not only makes it difficult to seem collected and together, but also makes your words much more difficult to understand. Slow down, and pace yourself as you answer interview questions. It doesn’t matter how strong your interview is, if your interviewer can’t understand your speech.
Watch Your Slang: This can be a particular problem for young professionals or recent graduates new to the working world. Many phrases and words which seem natural may be completely inappropriate for the workplace. Take some time to take stock of your vocabulary and see which slang words and phrases you use most often. It may be helpful to enlist the help of a friend or colleague, as you may not even notice some of the slang you use!
Need more help prepping for the big interview? Corporate Speech Solutions now offers communication training specifically for young adults and students! Give us a call today and see how we can help you jump start your career!
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