It takes a lot of time and effort to get invited to a job interview. Don't blow your chances by being misunderstood by interviewer. Not many people are aware that giving one word answers to questions, substantially increases your chances of conveying wrong impression.
Active Listening Skill Tips for Interviews
During a job interview, a potential employer asks, “Can you take on more than one project at a time?” If you respond, “Yes,” you may want to rethink that answer. According to Dynamic Listening: Interview Skills, a computer based training module from Mindleaders in Columbus, Ohio, you should avoid one-word or one-sentence answers.
Be specific. And speak money-language. Here’s a preferred answer to question above, “In general, depending upon type and length of projects, I believe in efficiently handling more than one project at a time. This could save a company as much as 30%.” Let’s check out definition of “active listening skills” and learn more to help with your next interview…
Active Listening Skills
Just as everyday “speaking” is not same as public speaking; “listening” is not same as active listening. Active listening means two things: analysis and response to message being communicated.
An active listener maintains eye contact and good posture with a slight lean towards speaker. During interview, listener nods, smiles and takes notes. Be ware, however, that a daydreamer or pseudolistener, can adopt these behaviors. So a listener’s physical response does not necessarily mean good listening skills are at work.